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Beat the Heat: Lethbridge’s Henderson Outdoor Pool opens June 25th

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Just in time for a some very hot weather in the forecast, the Henderson Outdoor Pool is opening for the summer season.

Swimming will be allowed as of this Friday, June 25th with reduced capacity limits to start. Visitors this year do not have to pre-book a public swim spot. Iit’ll be first come, first served.

Sunni Belle, the General Manager for Recreation Excellence, says the hope is that capacity limits will change after the province fully re-opens on July 1st.

“We are waiting for the public health order to be released,” says Belle. “We are really good at pivoting and making quick changes. So, it’s really important for the public to check Facebook and to check the online schedules.”

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For at least the first week, until Canada Day there will be four, 90 minute public swim times daily between Noon and 7:30 p.m. All visitors will be asked to leave the pool at the end of the 90 minute slot to allow for cleaning between sessions.

Visitors can check the schedule at Henderson Outdoor Pool

Belle says once people are within the pool area they no longer have to wear masks  outside, however distancing is still being recommended. She notes a person will be going around during swim times to make sure folks are following those rules.

Again, rules may change or be adjusted after Alberta’s stage three re-opening officially kicks in on July 1st.

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The pool concession will also open, but not right away.

Henderson also has new aquatic options this year including Aqua Jog, Fit, Zumba, and swimming lessons.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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