Hawaiian paradise comes to Yate as temporary pool opens to swimmers

May 03 2017

SWIMMERS are taking the plunge in a temporary pool outside Yate Leisure Centre while the indoor facility is closed for six months.

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SWIMMERS are taking the plunge in a temporary pool outside Yate Leisure Centre while the indoor facility is closed for six months.

The 18x10 metre pool is thought to be the biggest of its kind, holding 35,635 gallons of water.

It has been installed at the rear of the Kennedy Way car park so the large number of swimmers who use the leisure centre can carry on with the activity while the main indoor pool - and the learner pool - are out of action for essential maintenance and refurbishment.

The novel approach has also allowed the centre to offer a Hawaiian theme to swimmers who don’t want to miss taking a dip. 

Work being carried out includes replacing pipework and installing environmentally friendly equipment which will secure the future sustainability of the swimming pools, both of which will re-open in the autumn. 

Leisure centre manager Fran Snell said: “The £1.4 million investment by South Gloucestershire Council in the refurbishment of the pool is essential to ensure it remains fit for purpose for future generations to use and enjoy. 

“However, we are also conscious of the number of people that use the swimming facilities at the centre every week and we didn’t want them to miss out. 

“That’s why we are so pleased to be able to offer the temporary pool and in doing so, continue to provide high quality facilities.”

 All swimming lessons are continuing and admission fees remain the same for users, who can reach the temporary pool from the corridor of the main building using an enclosed walkway.