Wading pools are places to have fun. So they have not only been places to cool off, but also places where kids could do crafts, puzzles, and reading. And of course just play and run around in the park or a nearby playground.
But in the past year "safety" protocols put in place by Toronto Aquatics has put a bit of a damper on this:
- Attendants now have to wear what look like hazmat suits to chlorinate the pools (they're actually cheap, hot, and not very effective). These really just scare people
- Attendants have been told to keep the pools at 5ppm chlorine, but their measuring tools measure a maximum of 5ppm so if they can't really tell if they're over, or even way over this 5ppm. The picture shows actual bleaching of a wading pool surface as the result of all this chlorine
- For the first time wading pools have to be completely drained and refilled regularly during the day. This can take an hour or so each time, reducing the availability of the pool
- Attendants are instructed strictly not to do anything but watch the pool (even when there are no kids in it), so they can't do things like prepare crafts tables.
Unfortunately all these things have made for a less welcoming atmosphere.
This topic gets into this issue in some more detail.