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Jubilee Pool reopens - and it's more than just a pool
Release date: Wed, 26/09/2012
Residents in south Bristol can look forward to getting back into the swim at Jubilee Swimming Pool when it reopens its doors next week Monday, October 1. The reopening follows a £300,000 city council investment and makeover.
And now, Jubilee Swimming Pool boasts a new, Expressions Gym featuring a 15-station gym suite with a mix of cardiovascular and body toning equipment.
Roof repairs, extensive maintenance works, a new reception area, improved changing facilities, refurbished pool, up-graded showers and lighting, carpeted seating areas and fresh internal and external painting and redecorating throughout are all part of the makeover.
Parkwood Community Leisure, managers of Hengrove Park Leisure Centre - the city’s flagship sports facility, will also manage and operate the newly refurbished Jubilee Swimming Pool and Expressions Gym. A busy programme of open, public swim sessions, lane swimming, swimming for the over 50s, moonlight swims and swimming lessons for young learners is already in place.
Members of the public are invited to a sneak-preview weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30 before the new-look pool officially reopens.
Free swim taster sessions, children’s swims, fun activities and membership opportunities will be on offer over the weekend. On Saturday, adults can enjoy a free swim from 8am to 10am and then, up until 4pm children can join in a host of free swim activities. On Sunday, adults can swim for free from 8am to 11am, with children’s float and fun events running through to 2pm. This will be followed by an open lane swimming session until 3pm.
The refurbished Jubilee Swimming Pool and Expressions Gym fully opens its doors at 7am on Monday, October 1 and Bristol’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Peter Main will officially declare Jubilee open on Tuesday, October 2.
“Our investment in sport and swimming facilities reflects our continuing commitment to local people and their communities,“ says Council Leader, Simon Cook. “The huge success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has inspired the whole nation and that means more people than ever will be looking to get more involved in sport and improving their fitness, health and general well-being.
“The refurbished pool and gym at Jubilee and the planned new pool for east Bristol are welcome additions to Bristol’s swimming and sporting facilities.”
Alan Waistell, general manager at Parkwood Community Leisure, added: “The Jubilee Pool and fitness suite look great and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with the city council to manage this much-valued, local resource. We are ready to welcome back former pool users and look forward to meeting new members when the doors open next week.”
Councillor Dr Jon Rogers, cabinet member responsible for the capital budget, commented: "Careful, targeted capital investment like this brings jobs as well as welcome new facilities. Such investment can enhance the health and well being of people and their communities."
For more information about Jubilee Pool and Expressions Gym and the sneak preview weekend visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/jubileepool