BEST SWIM­MING POOL

NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - City Scape -

RIVERDALE POOL Broad­view, south of Dan­forth The multi-pur­pose Riverdale pool edges out long-time fave Sun­ny­side, the deco de­light with the beau­ti­ful Lakeshore set­ting. Riverdale, once a frigid Olympic-sized beast, was then rein­vented but still boasts a huge adult swim area with clearly marked lanes. Be­sides its great view of the city and cool con­crete bleach­ers that are great for sun­bathing, the re-pool also fea­tures a huge shal­low chil­dren’s play area that’s safe and goofy, with over­sized sprin­klers. A healthy con­tin­gent of easy-go­ing gay men has staked out a sun­ning area at the adult end of the im­mense pool, and an easy co-ex­is­tence prevails. Not nearly as spec­tac­u­lar but still a great down­town dip is hid­den atop the hideous Hol­i­day Inn on King Street. The ugly Inn fea­tures a pleas­ant rooftop pool with a breath­tak­ing view; non-guests can use it if they or­der food from the pool snack bar.

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