The pool at Olympic Plaza was shut down to the public on Thursday. The city hopes to have it re-opened sometime next week.
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The popular wading pool at Olympic Plaza has been temporarily shut down by health officials.On Wednesday, Alberta Health Services ordered the downtown splash pad closed after water samples showed a high presence of coliform, or fecal matter. The notice of closure said the bacteria could be “injurious or dangerous to the public health” and “might hinder, in any manner, the prevention or suppression of disease.”“We know that the Olympic Plaza Reflecting Pool is a special part of downtown Calgary, providing enjoyment to children and families in the summer. It is our responsibility to ensure that it’s safe,” read a statement from Alberta Health Services.“Water testing has indicated the presence of coliforms in the water. Wading pools are often used by a higher risk population, such as young children, which increases the risk of ingestion of water.”Related
Officials said they have not received any complaints of illness related to use of the wading pool but recommend anyone feeling ill after entering the water to seek medical attention. They said the health risk is low.The city-owned pool must eliminate the contamination, chemically balance the water and submit a sample to the provincial lab to be tested before it can reopen. City of Calgary spokeswoman Kaila Lagran said the area is currently closed off and work is underway to get it back to standard. “The Olympic Plaza reflection pond will be closed this weekend as Parks works on balancing the chemicals in the water. We ask that residents please stay out of the water until it is opened again early next week,” said Lagran. As of Thursday afternoon, there was still water in the wading pool and the fountain was running. Yellow caution tape surrounded the area and a sign read “Reflecting pool closed. No public access.” Health officials said they are working closely with the pool operator to ensure it is reopened as soon as possible. — With files from Darren Makowichuk