Make a splash as pool opens for season

outdoor pool
outdoor pool

Stonehaven Heated Open Air Pool will open for the summer season this Saturday (May 25) with a weekend of splashy fun for everyone.

And with the pool heated to a balmy 29°C, the weekend promises to be fun whatever the weather.

On Saturday, Splasher, The Friends of the Pool’s cuddly dolphin mascot, and Newtonhill Pipe Band will entertain outside the Pool entrance until 11am, when Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, will formally open the pool for the 2013 season.

The Mearns FM Roadshow will run at the pool’s bandstand from 11am.

On Sunday, the fun continues with games and prizes for children and Steven Jackson’s Disco from 1.30 – 4.30pm.

Councillor Davidson said: “Aberdeenshire Council is looking forward to opening Stonehaven Open Air Pool for the 2013 season, and to be working in partnership with the Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Pool to provide an open air swimming experience in North-east Scotland.”

The weekend will also feature the newly-refurbished chute and afternoon sessions with the inflatable swoopee.

The pool will be open daily until September 1 from 10am to 6pm at weekends and 1pm to 7.30pm on weekdays. Once peak season arrives on July 6, there will be longer weekday opening, midnight swims and more children’s fun sessions. More information is available on the Pool’s website www.stonehavenopenairpool.co.uk and on the Stonehaven Heated Open Air Pool Facebook page.

Chair of the Friends of the Pool, Mike Robins, said everyone had worked really hard to get the pool ready to open.

He added: “It has been quite a challenge to make sure everything is ready in time, particularly given the poor weather over the last few weeks. The Friends’ volunteers have worked exceptionally hard with staff of Aberdeenshire Council and contractors to make sure the Pool looks its best for its 79th season. Of course, we’re hoping for good weather but, with the Mediterranean temperature of the water, you can still have lots of fun.”