William Penn pools open

Kevin Snow04th May 2010

The long awaited main and learner pools at William Penn Leisure Centre are open from Tuesday 4 May following extensive building work. Young people and the over 60s will be able to enjoy free swimming at the popular Mill End venue throughout the year.

Boy under waterThis final phase of the William Penn refurbishment follows the opening of two exercise studios last July and a new gym in December 2008.

Three Rivers' Head of Leisure and Community Services, Chris Hope, said:

"Customers, schools and swimming clubs have been incredibly understanding throughout the long delays. The new facilities are first class and I'm delighted that children and the over 60s will be able to swim for free, including during the school holidays.

"I hope that adults who have always wanted to learn to swim will also take the opportunity of the new facilities and the lessons available."

The facilities will be available for schools, clubs and lessons and the general public, from Tuesday 4 May 2010. An open day with free activities will be held on 30 May to coincide with summer half term.

We took direct control of the building works last February. We worked directly with contractors to undertake remedial works and to complete the project. The new facilities include two new pools, individual changing rooms, solar heating and low-chlorine water cleansing.

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Centre managers at Hertsmere Leisure Trust are currently finalising pool timetables, and expect to have the main pool open from 6.30am-10.00pm Monday-Friday, 7.30am-7.30pm Saturday, and 7.30am to 8.30pm Sunday.