Members of the public are being given a chance to enjoy one last dip at St James Street swimming pool in Taunton.
The pool has only been used for swimming lessons and private functions for many years but is opening its doors to everyone throughout its last week.
The public sessions will take place on:
Monday 4 July from 6pm-9pm
Wednesday 6 July –from 2.30pm-4pm
Friday 8 July from 2.30pm-4pm and 5pm-8pm.
The pool will then close its doors on Sunday 10 July in advance of the new facilities at Blackbrook opening later in the month.
In addition to the 25m six-lane community swimming pool, Blackbrook will offer a separate 13m teaching pool which will be used for early years swimming lessons as well being opened up for public swimming sessions. The Blackbrook Pavilion Swimming Programme will consist of a variety of activities from Swim-School lessons, public swimming sessions and lane swimming, as well as family fun sessions and specialised aqua classes for fitness, pre and post-natal and adult only Swimming. The full programme will be available to customers from 16 July.
The Council’s leisure partner, Tone Leisure, was successful in securing sport England funding for a Pool Pod which will also provide state of the art access to the pool for customers with disabilities.
Cllr Catherine Herbert, Executive Councillor for Sports, Parks and Leisure, said: “The new facility hand in hand with our recently refurbished Station Road Pool forms part of the Council’s overall vision for replacing the water space of St James Street to meet our growing community needs.
“By sharing the programming between both pools it will for the first time enable families to take advantage of a pool and learner pool facility. These are real investments in our leisure provision in Taunton Deane which have increased public swimming time by 60%.”
The new facilities at Blackbrook will also include a luxury spa with treatment rooms, a changing village, and a Coffee Corner complete with Wi-Fi.