Richmond Swimming Pool is on the up after battling through the covid pandemic and recent closures, says Austin Gordon, Richmondshire Leisure Trust’s general manager.
The pool is due to reopen on September 9 following improvement work.
This work has seen a new non-slip flooring installed around the two pools, as well as new showers and flooring fitted in the changing rooms, and improved ventilation.
Outside, the mini golf course has also been upgraded.
Austin said: “We are really looked forward to reopening the pool on September 9.
“The last few years have been a real challenge for so many leisure and retail businesses, firstly with Covid then the cost-of-living crisis.
“Swimming Pools are big consumers of energy so have really felt the pinch, however in spite of these factors, and the recent closures, the pool is on an upwards curve with attendances increasing.”
Next door, Liberty Gym has also seen it membership numbers steadily recover following covid when nationally gyms saw between a 25 and 40 per cent reduction in memberships.
Austin said the new pool programme was taking shape as they approach the reopening.
“Our programme is full of something for everyone — from our swim academy and busy school swimming programme to casual swims, Aquafit, RDASC, Richmond Tri-Club, military swims, Swaledale Outdoor Club, and our adults only swims.”
Austin said they had 16,500 visitors to the pool during the first quarter of the financial year — an increase of two percent from the same period last year.
“This may not seem that much but being closed for long periods last year has meant that we have had to attract customers back at a time where disposable incomes were being stretched.
“With the continued closure of the Dolphin Centre in Darlington we have attracted customers including the Darlington Masters Swimming Club.”
An official reopening is planned later this year, with the date still to be set.
The pool has teamed up with the Access to the Dales charity, with the venue how loaning free of charge a mobility scooter to help those with restricted mobility enjoy the trail up to Easby.
For more information, visit https://www.access-the-dales.com