RESIDENTS can wave a fond farewell to a South Tyneside swimming pool – by taking a last swim for just £1.
The Temple Park Centre’s pool in South Shields will close this month as the borough gears up for the opening of the new £16m pool and leisure complex at Haven Point in Pier Parade.
The old baths, off John Reid Road, have served the town’s swimmers for over 30 years but will close for general swimming on Monday, October 14.
They will host swimming lessons and aqua-classes for another fortnight after that, however.
Swimmers will then get the chance to make a dash for a final splash over the weekend of October 19 and 20.
The council-run pool will hold open sessions for just £1 on Saturday, October 19, from 11am until 4pm and on Sunday, October 20, from 10am until 4pm, as well as an adult swim session between 9am and 10am on the Sunday.
The Temple Park Centre’s gym and sports hall will remain open.
Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “Temple Park will stay open as a dry centre, but the pool there has served us well for over 30 years, so it is only right that people should have the chance to say goodbye before we all move on to the vastly-improved facilities at Haven Point.
“£1 a swim is a fitting way to encourage as many people as possible to mark the occasion.”
The new seafront complex at Haven Point will open its doors on Monday, October 28.
It will boast competition, teaching and leisure pools, as well as dance studios, an 80-station gym, a sauna and a steam room.
Coun Kerr added “Haven Point is looking absolutely superb and will be an asset to the borough for years to come.
“Opening a new complex on this scale is a major undertaking, so there will be a period of transition during October to allow for training and preparation as our leisure staff gear up for the opening.”
The new centre’s 25-metre, eight-lane competition pool will have a hi-tech electronic scoreboard specially designed by Omega Timing.
Both it and the new teaching pool feature movable floors, so they can accommodate a range of different activities at the same time.
Haven Point’s entrance area will feature a wave effect timber feature wall and a sculpture by artist Michelle Castles, showing swimmers in a range of action poses.