With hot weather in the forecast next week, the City of Peterborough is keeping its seven splash pads open for an extra week.
The splash pads were originally scheduled to close after Labour Day Monday but, with temperatures expected to climb into the low 30s beginning Sunday, the city will keep the splash pads operational from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until September 11.
Splash pads are normally closed before the fall, when temperatures tend to drop below freezing at night, to prepare the water systems to avoid damage.
The splash pads are located at King Edward Park (455 George St. S.), Nicholls Oval (725 Armour Rd.), Rogers Cove (131 Maria St.), Kinsmen Park (1 Kinsmen Way at Sherbrooke Street and Clonsilla Avenue), Barnardo Park (Barnardo Avenue north of Sunset Boulevard), Turner Park (at the corner of Chamberlain and High streets), and Hamilton Park at 575 Bonaccord St.
If you want to beat the heat next week by swimming at city beaches at Beavermead Park and Rogers Cove, be aware the beaches will be unsupervised and water quality will not be tested.
The city’s summer lifeguard program ended on August 27, and Peterborough Public Health’s seasonal water testing at both beaches is scheduled to end on Friday (September 1). Testing results for Friday’s water sample will not be available until after Labour Day.