Pickering is home to 2 indoor pools:

Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex
Dunbarton Indoor Pool

1867 Valley Farm Road 
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8 lane, 25 metre pool with a diving well and shallow pool

655 Sheppard Avenue East
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6 lane, 25 metre pool with a diving board

This spring CHD Rec Complex opened the new Universal Change Room. As this is a new concept to some, please see our FAQs for information and use on this new change room.

 Universal Change Room FAQ's

This is a fully-accessible and barrier-free space that provides dignity and privacy for all users. The Rec Complex's new universal change room was designed and developed in consultation with the public, and similar designs are used in many other municipalities.

The concept is still new for many, and understandably will take some adjustment, however we are confident that the advantages of this design will outweigh the concerns.


What Does Universal Mean?

The universal change room, with its completely private changing rooms, and wash rooms is just that - can be used universally by all persons, regardless of who they are or how they may identify. These spaces are inclusive of guests with disabilities, members of all gender identities, and any who wish for privacy for any number of reasons.


Why was this done?

During the stakeholders survey conducted during the design phase, responses indicated a variety of potential needs from the community including...

  • desire more privacy

  • prefer a non-binary or all-gender option

  • require disability accommodations

  • more space for families with children

  • families with members of a different sex who require supports

The best way to accommodate all of these potential needs is to provide a single, flexible space capable of meeting many of those needs at once.


What has been done to ensure my privacy?

Individual change stalls provide privacy and modesty for all guests. Unlike conventional change stalls, the units are designed with high partitions and no gaps between the individual panels.


What is the protocol for universal change room use?

All guests are required to be clothed at all times while in the common area, including the shower of this change facility.

Can one undress in the main space? No
Are there private changing areas and/or showering areas? Yes


Design Features

The Universal Change Room offers:

  • 23 private change stalls including 4 oversize change rooms for families, and 3 accessible shower stalls for those requiring more space.

  • 150 lockers of various dimensions, including 96 new digital lockers, programmable by code or use a traditional lock

  • 8 washrooms including 3 fully accessible washrooms, 1 equipped with a shower

  • 3 shower stalls with doors, one of which is an accessible stall

  • Bathing suit dryer

  • 8 change tables, and an electric lift change table


The creation of this change facility is aligned with the City of Pickering’s values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Public Swimming

Public swimming is offered at both indoor pools.

Public Swim Schedule

All public swimming at Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex is cancelled from Friday, March 31 at 1 pm to  Monday April 3 at 6 am.

Lessons & Programs

  • If your child is returning to swim lessons but you are not sure what level to register them for you can stop by during public swim times to get an evaluation. Evaluations are free (pool admission fee required) and are approximately 15 minutes in length. All pool admission policies apply.

  • Search and Register for Aquatics programs online at pickering.ca/active

Pool Rentals

  • Currently not available