City shares updates and plans for Woodman Community Centre

Woodman pool

BRANTFORD, ON – As a result of unanticipated construction delays, the City regrets to inform the community that there will be an unforeseen delay to the opening of Woodman Pool located on the grounds of the Woodman Community Centre at 491 Grey Street. Originally scheduled to open this month, the City has recently learned that the pool will likely remain closed for the 2023 swimming season. We share the community’s disappointment regarding this unfortunate and unexpected development.

FREE shuttle bus rides to Earl Haig Family Fun Park

A free bus shuttle service will be offered to Brantford residents three (3) days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) beginning Monday July 17, 2023 until Monday September 4, 2023 (Labour Day). The bus service will depart from, and return to Woodman Community Centre.

Beginning July 17th, pick-up times on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week, will be 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at Woodman Community Centre (491 Grey Street) and 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Earl Haig Family Fun Park (101 Market St. S) for the return trip to Woodman Community Centre.

All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Worth the wait!

The Woodman Community Centre and Pool will be a destination like no other in Brantford. The new 25-metre pool will have a two-metre deep end and 1.2-metre shallow end, with a walk-in entry and accessible ramp, awnings to provide shelter from the sun, storage areas, an expansive concrete deck around the pool and secure fencing. City of Brantford staff are currently exploring adding heating to the pool so that the swimming season can be extended into Spring and Fall.

Woodman Playground

The new playground will have Brantford’s first-ever fully accessible wheelchair swing, accessible rubberized surfacing with patterns, a 2-bay swing with an accessible seat, an inclusive mix of traditional ninja style play equipment, and a pergola with game tables.

Woodman Community Garden

The new Woodman community garden will include a 7 M x 9 M Community Greenhouse, a gathering space with a gazebo, 52 raised garden beds, 4 fruit bush beds, 6 accessible garden beds, pollinator gardens, fruit trees, a storage shed, space for materials storage, a 2 m wide asphalt path and road access for material deliveries.

Lifeguard Recruitment Update

The Ontario government has lowered the minimum age requirement to be a lifeguard, assistant lifeguard and aquatic instructor from 16 to 15 years of age to help communities such as Brantford address staffing shortages and make sure pools and recreational camp waterfronts across the province can be enjoyed safely. This change aligns the minimum age requirements with updated age requirements established by the Lifesaving Society’s certification course. Access to more lifeguards will help the City maintain and expand our hours of operation for public swimming and aquatic lessons.

As qualified and accredited Lifeguard shortages continue to be a challenge, the City of Brantford is actively recruiting Lifeguards and Swim Instructors to expand our aquatics programming options and offerings. Interested candidates are encouraged to learn more about available positions and the application process at

Quick Facts

  • Lifeguards must first pass a series of swimming tests and hold appropriate certifications – such as a current lifeguard or assistant lifeguard certificate or a current aquatic instructor certificate – to be able to work safely as lifeguards, assistant lifeguards, or aquatic instructors.

  • The National Lifeguard training and certification, delivered by the Lifesaving Society, is the professional standard for lifeguarding in Canada. It certifies lifeguards across the country and is recognized by the province of Ontario for lifeguarding public swimming pools. 


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