Millennium Natural Swimming Ponds a Popular Spot

Millennium Natural Swimming Ponds a Popular Spot

The City of Castlegar’s Millennium Park Natural Swimming Ponds have been a popular spot with sunny skies and warm weather this spring.

One of the City’s strategic priorities is to create special places and recreation for everyone. As part of creating special places, the City is committed to building on its recreation assets, both built and natural, to provide recreational and cultural services.

Recently, we have seen an increased amount of algae in some of the ponds. Algae, which is a naturally occurring water plant, may not look pretty but it is not harmful to people and it does not indicate poor water quality.

“We have heard concerns about the algae in the water and we want to assure swimmers the water is safe,” says Director of Municipal Services, Chris Hallam. “Our team is looking at options to control the algae and we’re hoping to see a reduction in the algae soon.”

The City regularly tests the water quality and submits the results to Interior Health Authority officials for review, following the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines. All tests this year have met the guidelines.

The City of Castlegar is a service centre in the West Kootenay. The diversified and growing economy is focused on the forestry, energy and mining sectors in the valley, and commercial services in the City. Quality of life features backcountry adventure and an increasingly dynamic urban culture, including the Millennium Park & Ponds and Sculpture Walk.

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