£20k investment for town’s outdoor pool

Helmsley Swimming pool and outer building..Pic Richard Ponter 141822b

Helmsley Swimming pool and outer building..Pic Richard Ponter 141822b

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Helmsley’s outdoor swimming pool will re-open with a new look this summer, thanks to a £20,000 investment.

Chris Parkin, who is chairman of the trustees of Helmsley Sportsfield, said the pool complex now boasts new changing rooms, an attractive pitched roof, new flooring and a 
refreshment area.

“We have created a lido 
effect,” he said.

Ryedale District Council, the Co-operative Community Fund, and the North York Moors National Park Authority have all aided the scheme which has also been funded by private donations and the Helmsley community as a whole.

“The pool has had nothing really spent on it since it was built around 1970,” said Mr Parkin. “Now we have a very attractive asset which will benefit our residents and visitors.”

As well as attracting some 5,000 swimmers a year, the pool is also used by members of Pickering Sub-Aqua Club and for private parties, including children’s events.

The renovation plan has also included replacing rotten wood doors and windows, providing a reception and administration area.

A second phase of the re-development of the Helmsley Sportsfield complex will see improvement to landscaping around the pool, a play area for toddlers, with perimeter walls being decorated by local children.

There are only 100 such outdoor public pools in the country. Volunteers are needed to run the pool. Contact Val Travis at helmsley_pool@hotmail.co.uk. or (01439) 771850.

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