A Toronto public pool was just vandalized in the most hilariously creative way
Those strolling through Toronto's High Park this week may have noticed an unexpected change at the entrance to the sprawling public space's outdoor swimming pool.
The High Park Swimming Pool has temporarily taken on a new name thanks to some creative vandalism, now informally known as the "High Park Swim In Poo," if the unsanctioned sign modification at its entrance is to be believed.
High Park Swim in Poo pic.twitter.com/ILYn8Imc2F— Shawn876263761 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@shawnmicallef) April 5, 2023
Author and educator Shawn Micallef spotted the guerrilla sign mod and shared it on Twitter Tuesday evening, noting the vandals' exquisite craftsmanship in creating faux brick wraps to obscure the sign's lettering and give it a whole new meaning.
It’s so well done. They made a painted brick covering & wrapped each letter.— Shawn876263761 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@shawnmicallef) April 5, 2023
I read it as an exquisite protest against Toronto Toryism. pic.twitter.com/uL3Ay7R16V
Micallef interprets what some would brush off as a childish toilet humour-based prank as a deeper statement on the legacy of John Tory's mayoralty, specifically the now-ex-mayor's austerity measures and budget cuts.
A number of mayoral candidates were deeply loyal Tory supporters, voting for his Toryism, and are now trying to say they can fix toronto. Like Bradford & Bailao, the latter who chaired his re-election campaign in 2022.— Shawn876263761 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@shawnmicallef) April 5, 2023
I'm going to be careful not to defend vandalism here, but one commenter notes that, as far as vandalism goes, this is (at first glance) a fairly non-destructive form that should be relatively easy for city crews to remove.
I’m happy to see that you ran across that. I was impressed with the work when I saw it yesterday. (Impressed too that it’s likely easy to remove. Maybe.)— Rebecca Pinkus (@GreenspaceGirl) April 5, 2023
Other responses seem to suggest there is some validity to the sign's comedic claim, with a few commenters sharing past experiences where the High Park Swimming Pool quite literally became the High Park Swim In Poo.
Last time I swam in that pool was years ago, but I remember everyone had to get out because someone had pooed in it. Is this a regular occurrence? 😀— LouRead (@LouontheLeft) April 5, 2023
Emphasis on the plural when I say "experiences."
Pretty sure @IhateBenRayner and I saw this happen there once. #thefouling— Liisa Ladouceur (@LiisaLadouceur) April 5, 2023
If you think the "swim in poo" joke is an exaggeration of the truth, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control & Prevention states that the red eyes and chemical smell associated with chlorine in pools is actually the result of chlorine reacting with bodily substances, like, y'know, poop.
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If that information doesn't prove a deterrent to your outdoor swimming plans, the High Park Swimming Pool and other public outdoor pools typically open for the season in mid-June and remain open through early September.
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