Beaches open as summer rises on Barrie

Hot on the heels of summer’s official arrival on June 21 comes the opening of Barrie’s beaches and splash pad at Heritage Park, giving residents a chance to cool down as things – hopefully – heat up.
The popular water park at Heritage opens on Saturday, just in time for the annual Promenade Days street fest in downtown Barrie. It’s a great place for kids of all ages, as water jets upward before cascading down into shimmering pools of refreshing and reaffirming water. A terrific part of the waterfront.
Centennial and Johnston beaches are also officially opening for the summer, with lifeguards watching the scene from atop their perches, daily from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weather permitting of course. There is no supervision available at any of the other waterfront locations, including Minet’s Point Park Beach, Tyndale Park Beach, Heritage Park splash pad, and Wilkins Beach.
The beaches are great for soaking up some rays, people watching, reading a good, or bad, book and tossing a frisbee about. Centennial tends to be busier with more out-of-towners, while Johnson’s is more for the locals and a bit less crowded. And if you are bringing the little ones to the beach, it might be a good idea to suit them up with a lifejacket. If you don’t have one, not to worry as the City is teaming up with the Canadian Red Cross to have jackets available for loan. Remember, on or near the water, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Jackets are available for a one-day loan, daily from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They can be had at the lifeguard stations for a small refundable deposit of $10.
Want to dip the toes while avoiding the sand? If yes, why not try out the City’s Summer Splash Pad, which allows unlimited access to pools at rec centres throughout the city: East Bayfield Community Centre, Holly Community Centre and the Allandale Recreation Centre. Click here for more information on this program.
So, the sun is up, sand is hot, and the water is open for business – it must be summer in Barrie. Have a grand one!

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