A temporary swimming pool has opened today after Leisure World closed for a £20 million redevelopment.
The 25-metre Olympic Legacy pool is at Bridlington Sports Centre in Gypsey Road, along with Leisure World’s gym equipment and exercise classes.
The new Leisure World will include a variety of facilities including a six-lane pool, a six-court sports hall and a 70-station fitness suite with views over Bridlington Bay.
It should be finished by autumn 2015.
East Riding council leader Coun Steve Parnaby said: “The redevelopment of Leisure World forms part of the council’s £123m capital investment programme for 2014-15 and highlights this authority’s commitment to providing residents in Bridlington with state-of-the-art facilities for years to come.
“A key part of the plans was to secure temporary swimming provision so that no service was lost while the new multipurpose leisure facility is constructed and we are delighted to have arranged this in partnership with Sport England and Total Swimming.”
Paul Nicholson, chairman of Bridlington Amateur Swimming Club, said: “If there wasn’t a temporary pool it could have been devastating for the club. Relieved is a bit of an understatement really, we can’t run a swimming club without a pool.”
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