Final arrangements under way as Stonehaven Open Air Pool prepares to open for new season

The final arrangements are being made to allow Stonehaven Open Air Pool to open for the 2019 season tomorrow (Sat, May 25), following major investment in the pool by Aberdeenshire Council.

Aberdeenshire Council and the Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool are proud and pleased to be preparing for the iconic heated seawater pool to open this weekend for its 86th season.

Over the last two years, Aberdeenshire Council has undertaken extensive work to ensure the long-term future of the facility. More than £120,000 was invested in new filters for the pool in 2018, and this year a similar investment has been made for works to the pool’s basin and pipework.

With the 2019 work now complete, staff and the Friends of Stonehaven Open Pool have been extremely busy preparing the site for customers.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Lifelong Learning and Leisure, John Harding, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the staff, contractors and Friends who have worked so hard getting our iconic pool ready to open and run for another summer season – often battling the elements, as preparation starts in the middle of a Scottish winter!

“We are really proud that we have been able to invest such a lot in the infrastructure of this unique attraction without having to close for a season, as a number of similar facilities in the UK have had to do.

Some further work will take place as the season gets underway but will not disrupt activities, explained John.

“In our final preparations, we have discovered that the base structure of the historic pool chute needs refurbished. We’re aware what a popular attraction this is, and we have already made arrangements to commission the repairs,” he said. 

“We will be working hard to return the chute to operation as soon as it is possible. In the meantime, I’m confident visitors will have a brilliant time enjoying the heated open-air pool.”

The pool will be offering a full programme of fun sessions, lane swimming, inflatable sessions and ‘midnight swims’ throughout the season. The splash café will also be delivering a wide range of meals and snacks.

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