There’s some good news on the cards for swimming enthusiasts and fans of splashing around in the water after the City’s Recreation and Parks Department announced the opening of 13 municipal swimming pools for the summer season.
And Newlands swimming pool is hot on the list, after being closed to the public since 2017. Some of the major upgrades to this popular Cape Town attraction include:
Repair of the filtration pipes
Removal of old walls for new tiling inside the pools
Paving of pool decks
Waterproofing of all structural and expansion joints as well as the pool basin
Upgrades of the electrical reticulation system
Additional work on the grandstand, plant room and existing buildings around the grandstand is expected to be completed in the next month or two.
According to the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Zahid Badroodien, “Newlands swimming pool is a significant heritage facility and for many years has been a popular spot for professionals to train, recreational swimming, school and club galas, water polo and diving.”
“It is important that every effort is made to ensure that the work is completed to standard. The department is looking forward to a celebratory re-opening once all major repairs are completed and the facility is deemed compliant,” Badroodien adds.