Outdoor Pool to open longer (from 2nd August)

July 25, 2018

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Thanks to VWHDC for the press release, and Elizabeth for the picture…

Abingdon’s Abbey Meadow outdoor pool will be open for longer on weekdays after proving to be a huge hit since its £1.3million refurbishment by Vale of White Horse District Council.

Since it reopened on 16 June, the pool has hosted more than 13,000 swims with many sessions fully booked. The exceptional weather combined with the popularity of the new facilities has prompted the council, following discussions with GLL – which runs the pool on the council’s behalf – to announce it will extend the pool’s opening hours.

From Thursday 2 August the pool will open from 8.30am until 7pm, Monday to Friday – that’s an extra half an hour in the morning and an extra hour in the evening, which the council hopes will give people more time to swim.

Cllr Alice Badcock, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “It’s so fantastic to see how popular this much-loved local pool has become since its rebuild. We’re delighted that we can extend the pool’s opening hours so even more people can enjoy it.”

This weeks Herald has an article ‘Keep outdoor pool open longer for workers plea.

In order to allow GLL to re-populate its online booking system with the new extended times, online booking beyond 2 August will only be available from Monday 30 July. 

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3 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Mark Thornton  |  July 26, 2018 at 12:14 am

    As someone who was down at the pool today with visiting friends and families, this is to be applauded.

    Abbey Meadows is a real Abingdon gem. We are typically quick to criticise local politicians, so hopefully we can all applaud a situation where the powers that be have listened to popular opinion and made something positive happen.

  • 2. ppjs  |  July 26, 2018 at 5:22 am

    I agree, Mark; this is a success we can all gladly acknowledge.

  • 3. Fiona Davies  |  July 26, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I shared this news with my sister, who was a part-time lifeguard at the pool back in the 1970s, while she was still at school. Well done to everyone involved. If the income stream this summer is greater than had been expected, could some funds be put towards providing shelter from the sun?

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