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Nude swims on

Nudists have once again been granted permission to use a Surrey pool.

After years of fighting for access, Skinnydipper Services has booked a nude swim for Newton Wave Pool on March 22.

The club has been in a battle with the city since 2003, when they were banned from the pool shortly after a Leader story on the group was published.

Subsequently, the courts ruled the city didn’t have the authority to stop the swims, and after months of negotiation, the group finally has a booking.

“I am very happy with the outcome,” said Skinnydipper president Paul Andreassen. “We have been able to negotiate an amicable arrangement whereby we can rent the pool for nude swim sessions and receive the same treatment and respect accorded other groups. This also means that nude recreation will be more accessible to our members out in the Fraser Valley.”

The access marks the end of months of bargaining between the city and Andreassen over how the group would operate the swims.

Andreassen is expecting about 200 members at next weekend’s swim at the Newton Wave Pool.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 22 from 9:30-11 p.m. More information can be found at www.skinnydipper.ca

kdiakiw@surreyleader.com

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