By Carmel Hayes
SUMMER will arrive with a splash in Ballinakill, when the popular outdoor swimming pool reopens at last.
The community facility announced today that the pool will reopen fully on Saturday 19 June, with the added luxury of heated water.
They said: “There will be changes this year, the heated water being one and we will try to familiarise you with them over the next few days.”
Restored and run by the busy Ballinakill Community Development Association CLG, the pool offers both annual membership and pay per session.
Booking will be online and will include health declaration and contact tracing requirements. Under Covid regulations, changing facilities must remain closed.
Each swimming session will last one hour and 15 minutes, with time allowed for cleaning after each session. The cost per session remains unchanged (€3/child, €5/adult), while membership fees are €150/family, €80/adult and €55/child.
Originally a 45m pool and now a 30m adult pool with 10m toddler pool, the outdoor facility was built by the Salesians who ran a boarding school in the 1940s.
While it opened up under various guises over the years, the parish-owned pool had been unused for about five years when the Ballinakill committee reopened it after refurbishment in 2019, developing it into an invaluable asset for the community.