STONEHAVEN HEATED OPEN AIR POOL        Bring on Jubilee Year 2022!

By bellmannews / April 8, 2022
sunburst metal work of side gate at pool

From Helen Rowbotham –

The Covid-19 pandemic forced the closure of Stonehaven’s famous Open Air Swimming Pool in 2020 and severely restricted attendance in 2021.  However, Aberdeenshire Council and the Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Pool are delighted that the pool will open fully for the 2022 season in May with the added bonus that it will be a Jubilee Year. 

The pool underwent significant labour-intensive maintenance campaigns both before and after the 2021 season and the paintwork applied to the main tank and on the surrounding buildings seems to have stood up to the winter weather well.  However, as with the Forth Rail Bridge, there are always plenty more paint jobs to be carried out even when you’ve finished the current one!  This year we hope to address the pool surround and put another coat on the terraces to bring the pool to an even higher decorative standard.

Steve Harris, the new Chairman of the Friends of the Pool said, “The Friends never need much enticing to come back to work, and we started our pre-season work programme this week. 

”In doing so, the volunteers came away with suntans after the Monday shift and risked frostbite on the Wednesday one.  However, the paint is on order and we’re sweeping and preparing surfaces anticipating its arrival.”

In 2021, the Friends put in over 3000 volunteer-hours of work at the pool, operating both safely and Covid-compliant.

Over 3,000 volunteer hours in 2021

Steve added, “This season will also see fuller use of the new chute – funded to the tune of £50,000 by the Friends in 2021, which conforms to modern safety standards and already has become as much a bathers’ favourite as its predecessor.”

Steve ended by saying, “Financing the chute replacement has put a large dent in the Friends’ finances which we’re now trying to fill in order to fund more projects.  The public can help by nominating us on https://smile.amazon.co.uk as their chosen charity and we will receive a donation from their purchases at Amazon.” 

Follow us at www.stonehavenopenairpool.co.uk or on the Friends Facebook page for information and details of other ways you can help fund the Friends’ work.