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Enjoy Long Days in the Sun at Durham Region's Newest Eco-Friendly Aquatic Facility at Petticoat Creek Conservation Area

Jul 09, 2012

Media Advisory

For Immediate releaase 

(TORONTO, July 9) On Wednesday, July 11, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) will officially open the new Petticoat Pool and Splash at Petticoat Creek Conservation Area in the City of Pickering. The multi-million dollar redevelopment of the aquatic facility was made possible through funding from the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) in Ontario and Ontario Recreation (REC) Programs.

The new aquatic facility is fully accessible with three splash pools and an interactive water-play area.  Adjacent to the splash pools and the splash pad is the main swimming pool that is six feet deep, features a beach entry and has a surface area of 1600 m2. The large, 1000m, aquatic playground includes passive and interactive elements such as sprayers, buckets, cannons and slides. The new swimming pool will provide an interactive swimming experience for 800 patrons at one time and accommodate swimmers of all skill levels. Both the play facility and the pool uses state-of-the-art green technologies including energy efficient components and water conservation techniques.  The pool was designed by Harrington McAvan Ltd.

"The Government of Canada's priority is to invest in local infrastructure projects that will help strengthen communities and continue to improve the quality of life for residents," said Pickering-Scarborough East MP Corneliu Chisu. "Our investment in the Petticoat Pool and Splash facility will enhance the health of our families and our youth by providing increased access to public facilities, promoting an active lifestyle and encouraging community sustainability."

"The Government of Ontario is proud to support local infrastructure projects that foster economic development and create jobs," said Pickering-Scarborough East MPP Tracy MacCharles. "In Pickering, our investment in the new Petticoat Pool and Splash will help keep people of all ages healthy, active and happy for years to come."

Petticoat Pool and Splash is now open daily to September 3, 2012 (weather permitting). Admission fee is $4.75 for guests 2 years of age and older (plus parks admission) and $2.75 for Parks Members 2 years of age and older (must show membership card to receive special price)

Petticoat Creek Conservation Area consists of 70 hectares of land located at the mouth of Petticoat Creek on the north shore of Lake Ontario. The conservation area boasts forests, meadows and fields with picnic areas. The Waterfront Trail running through Petticoat is part of the 730km Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail extending from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Ontario-Quebec border on the St. Lawrence.

Event: Petticoat Creek Conservation Area Pool and Splash Pad Official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, July 11

Welcome & Greetings: 11:00 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting (photo opp): 11:20 a.m.

Guided Tour: 11:45 a.m. The green technologies used in constructing the aquatic facility will be showcased and explained by TRCA staff

Free Family Fun Activities: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m

Crafts including: Grandfather rock painting, talking sticks and hide bookmarks

Native Child Women's Hand Drum and Dancers will perform for the grand opening

TRCA Stewardship and Watershed on Wheels activities in the afternoon

Location: Pool, Petticoat Creek Conservation Area, 1100 Whites Rd, 1km south of Hwy 401

Attendance: Corneliu Chisu, MP for Pickering-Scarborough East, Tracy MacCharles, MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East, Mayor David Ryan, City of Pickering, Gerri Lynn O'Connor, Chair, Toronto and Region Conservation


With more than 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at



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Scott Maxwell

Office of MPP MacCharles



Rowena Calpito

Toronto and Region Conservation                 

416.661.6600 Ext. 5632            


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Toronto and Region Conservation

Tel: 416-660-0638

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