Fort Erie offering free bus service to shuttle residents to EJ Freeland Community Centre

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Published August 10, 2021 at 4:55 pm

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With the news that the Fort Erie Kinsmen Pool would not be reopening at the end of June, residents might have been worried that they were being left, well, high and dry.

However, with temperatures starting to soar in August, Fort Erie announced today (August 10) that they would be offering all residents free transportation with Fort Erie Transit to the town’s EJ Freeland Community Centre.

“It’s important that Fort Erie residents have somewhere to cool down during the hot, summer days,” said Town CAO Tom Kuchyt. “Unfortunately, due to unexpected damages to Kinsmen pool, requiring a substantial financial commitment, we weren’t able to re-open the pool this year.”

“Although most Wards in Fort Erie have a spray pad, we felt an alternative option to cool down this summer was needed for all residents, which is why we are offering free rides on Fort Erie Transit to and from the EJ Freeland Community Centre to use the facility.”

Fort Erie announced on June 30 that the Kinsmen Pool would be closed this year during to “extensive damage to the pumps and filtration system” and the Town’s uncertainty of what COVID-19 restrictions would be in place this year.

To that end, Town Staff elected not to bring forward a budget request for the funds to fix the pool.

Residents interested in swimming at EJ Freeland Community Centre can visit: bgcn.ca/ej-freeland-community-centre/ for pool programming information or call 905-871-2592.

To view the Fort Erie Transit system schedule, please visit https: fetransit.ca.

(Photo of the Kinsmen Pool courtesy of Fort Erie Underwater Recovery Unit Facebook page)

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