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Mills Pond Pool 2021 - Information & Updates

Canton Parks & Recreation is looking forward to the 2021 pool season at Mills Pond Pool. Due to COVID-19 changes have been made to general operations. Please continue to check this page for additional updates throughout the season. Our department will continue to monitor state and local health guidelines to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, as this is our top priority. Please review all information provided below prior to entering Mills Pond Pool. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Public Swim Schedule 
There will be three two-hour public swim sessions (weather permitting) each day of our swim season. There will be a cleaning period in between each wave to allow for our staff to prepare the facility for the next wave. Only the main pool will be open this season; wade will remain closed. No adult swim. The pool schedule will be as follows: 
June 14-August 24th 
(Dates of operation subject to change)   
Hours of Operation 
Modified Schedule: June 14-June 18 
Monday - Friday
Swim Waves: 
Wave #1: 3:00 - 5:00 PM 
Wave #2: 5:15 - 7:15 PM 
Regular Pool Hours: June 19-August 24
Monday - Friday
Swim Waves: 
Wave #1: 1:30 - 3:30 PM 
Wave #2: 3:45 - 5:45 PM 
Wave #3: 6:00 - 8:00 PM* 
Saturday & Sunday
Swim Waves: 
Wave #1: 1:00 - 3:00 PM 
Wave #2: 3:15 - 5:15 PM 
Wave #3: 5:30 - 7:30 PM *
*must register for wave #3 by 3:30 of that day. 

Capacity will be limited for each session.  We ask that each patron come to the pool dressed and ready to swim. Swim Wave registration information will be released soon. 


How to register
Swim registration details will be released soon. For now, please view your membership options: 

Membership: Mills Pond Pool memberships are available to purchase now! Memberships will still be offered for households, individual and senior.  Click HERE to register for a membership.   

Daily Drop-in Option: The daily admission fee is $5 residents and $7 non-residents. Details on swim wave registration will be released soon. 

 All patrons must wear a face mask/covering inside the facility at all times. Children under 2 years old do not have to wear a mask. 

Facility Protocols

Before coming to the facility please review Mills Pond Pool rules. 

Checking in: Upon arrival please follow all social distancing guidelines - signs and markers will be posted at the front of the building and throughout the facility. Members will be asked to scan their membership card. General public will be asked to provide name and address when checking in. 

Lap swim: Lap swim will continue to be offered by request during regular public pool sessions. Only one lane will be open with a maximum of one swimmer in the lane at one time (no exceptions will be allowed to this rule - regardless if both swimmers are from the same household). Lap swim will be limited to 30 minutes to allow for a rotation of people.
All registration for lap swim will be online. Lap swim registration will open once season has started. Please view CantonRec.org for more info once closer to the pool open date.  Please note, you must register for a swim wave BEFORE registering for lap swim. If you only sign up for lap swim, you will not be able  to enter the facility. 

Pool House/Locker Rooms: All patrons must wear a face mask/covering inside the facility at all times. When entering  the locker rooms, please yield to those who are exiting the area. If the locker room is too crowded, please wait outside until more people have exited. Social distancing should be maintained while in the facility. Please note, there will be no lost or found this season. 

Pool Deck/Grass Area: Patrons are welcomed to bring their own chairs; no chairs or lounges will be provided by Canton Parks & Rec. Patrons will be able to set up chairs/blankets on grass only. Chair groupings should be set a minimum of six feet apart. Patrons should only be grouped together with their household when within six feet.  A face mask/covering is not required when social distancing can be maintained, but must be easily accessible if needed. 

Swimming: Face masks will not be required while in the pool, but a strict six foot distance must be maintained between members of another party. Social distancing within the pool is the primary responsibility of the patrons. 

Cleaning & Sanitizing: Cleaning and sanitizing the facility will be a full team effort by Mills Pond Pool staff. Cleaning will occur in between each swim wave and as needed throughout the day. During the swim wave transition, staff will concentrate on cleaning high touch surfaces including, but not limited to door handles, restrooms, railings. 

Aquatics Programs

Swim Lessons: Lessons will be offered on a limited basis this year as we need to adhere to regulations released from state and local health officials. Swim lessons for Parent/Child, Preschool and Levels 1-3 will be held throughout the summer. Please note, for Parent/Child, Preschool and Levels 1-2 a guardian must be in the water at all times with the participant, as there can be no physical contact between instructor and child. This is a great opportunity for parents/guardians to learn how to continue to teach their child how to swim long after lessons are over. For level 3, the participant must be able to swim the width of the pool unassisted. A parent/guardian will be needed in the water when working on back floats and strokes - the instructor will coordinate this with all participants. Class sizes are extremely limited this year. It is recommended that even if a particular class is full to still register to be on the wait list as we may be able to open the classes to more swimmers. You will not be charged if you register on the wait list, only when participant is admitted into the class. Find out more information and register on CantonRec.org. 

Dusky Dolphins - Stroke Clinic: This year Dusky Dolphins will be structured a little differently to ensure that proper social distancing of participants and coaches can be maintained. The stroke clinic will work on skill development and refinement. This may be a great option for those who were looking to continue swim lessons at a higher level! Program will start July 1 and continue Monday-Friday until July 30. More information will be released soon. Continue to Check CantonRec.org for updates. 

Weather Information 

As is typical in the summer, there is a chance of pop-up storms. Mills Pond Pool will be open if it is raining. If there is a passing storm, the pool will close at the first perceived instance of thunder or lighting and will remain closed for 30 minutes following the last perceived instance of lightning or thunder. Members will be asked to clear the facility and to wait in their vehicles to ensure proper social distancing. 

In the instance where the pool must close/a swim wave needs to be cancelled due to weather, patrons will be asked to clear the pool house. If interested, patrons can request to join the next swim wave if there is space available - requests will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. 


Canton Parks & Rec and the entire Mills Pond Pool staff is looking forward to a great summer! With your help by following all pool rules and guidelines we can ensure that everyone has fun and stays safe. Please continue to check this page for more updates.

Please note, we will continue to try to serve as many patrons as possible, but changes may be made throughout the season to ensure the safety of staff and guests. We ask that all patrons follow the protocols listed above and the Mills Pond Pool Rules. We appreciate your patience as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances. 

Mills Pond Pool: 860-693-7844
Canton Parks & Rec: 860-693-5808


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