Bridgwater's new £6.3 million swimming pool and café to open in March
Bridgwater's new swimming pool and café at Trinity Sports and Leisure will open to the public at the start of March.
Sedgemoor District Council and 1610 have today confirmed that the new facilities will welcome their first visitors from 11.30am on Friday, March 1.
As well as the main six-lane 25m swimming pool at the Chilton Street leisure centre, there will also be a 13m by 7m learner pool and a new café with seating for around 80 customers.
The pool will be officially opened by council chairman Cllr Gill Slocombe in a ceremony which begins at 10.15am on March 1.
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Various Bridgwater community groups will be invited to try out the new facilities before the doors open to the public at 11.30am.
Cllr Slocombe said: "I am delighted at the opening date being set and feel this is particularly poignant because of the Olympic legacy from last year.
"We hope this facility inspires the young generation in Bridgwater to aim high and provides them with a variety of high quality sports and leisure facilities to do so.
"At a time of economic uncertainty we can be proud that Bridgwater will have a facility that will be the envy of many towns up and down the country. It is going to benefit the community for many years to come."
The council said the café's opening hours would be flexible, and it would initially open from 2:30pm to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 7pm at weekends.
Teresa Harvey, group manager of community development and wellbeing at Sedgemoor District Council, said: "This is a very proud day for Sedgemoor District Council and everyone who lives in Bridgwater and the surrounding area.
"We have had so much interest in the pool and know everyone is waiting for this great new community facility to open, the countdown to opening has begun.
"To be able to set March 1 as our opening date, which is early spring as we promised, is great news. The facility, which was funded by Sedgemoor District Council to a total cost of £6.3million, has ran to schedule, on-time and on-budget throughout its 15-month construction."
A family fun day will be held after the pool's opening at 11.30am, with a normal swim timetable in place from Saturday, March 2.
1610 general manager Kenny Brown said: "The staff at Trinity Sports and Leisure are just as excited as the local community about the opening of this fantastic new facility in March.
"We have a superb team here who are training hard and who are buzzing with ideas about the new swimming and activities programme which will really inspire local people, whatever their age or ability.
"Whether you are part of a swimming club, or if you have never tried swimming before and just want to have fun or get fit, then the new pool is the place to come."
Click here to view or download a leaflet about the new Trinity Sports and Leisure swimming pool in Bridgwater.