Whiff of nostalgia as Wolverton leisure centre set to open its doors

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The new Wolverton Leisure Centre and swimming pool is due to open at the end of this month.

Featuring a 25m community pool, a learner pool, sauna and steam room, as well as gym and studio facilities the opening has got residents excited.

But many are also getting nostalgic over the old outdoor swimming pool, which was demolished at the end of last year.

Its absence has put an end to those summers when people would come in the masses to relax and play on the pool’s grassy edges in between dips.

Wolverton resident, Rae Sibbet, said: “My kids will miss the freedom of the outdoor pool.”

And her 14-year-old daughter, Maria, added: “I’ll miss the grass and the big hill. I used to love laying there on my towel on warm summers days.”

The operative word, though, is ‘summers’. The open-air pool would be shut for over half the year, and even in the warm season, Britain’s unpredictable climate meant it often saw days where only a handful of brave swimmers would appear.

The new 25m community pool will cater for general public swimming, lessons and lane work and general community swimming.

The centre will also be equipped with a fully air conditioned gym, and a multi-purpose studio hosting more than 30 classes a week including body pump, body balance, spinning and yoga.

“The leisure centre will provide kids with something physical to do in the winter,” Mrs Sibbit added.

“That’s a definite plus”.

Cabinet Member with responsibility for communities, Councillor Peter Geary, said: “This is a fantastic new facility for Milton Keynes. We are continually aiming to improve the leisure offer in Milton Keynes and there will be more to come in the future.”

The pool has a new access road and redway, off Great Monks Street into Addington Avenue, leading to the car park, and a new redway leading from Aylesbury Street West, with plenty of cycle parking spaces. Car parking is free.

Mayor Catriona Morris will mark the official opening at midday on Saturday, April 20.

Visitors can swim for free for the remainder of the day, with donations to Willen Hospice. Tours of the fitness centre can be booked between April 12 and it will open on April 27.

For enquiries on membership and opening times check out the pool’s new website at www.wolvertonpool.com, email mail@wolvertonpool.com or call 01908 562257.

> Pictured: Top, A five-year-old Christopher Whitehead enjoys swimming during the heyday of the old Wolverton Swimming Pool, and, below, the new Leisure Centre

> What memories do you have of the old Wolverton Swimming Pool. We’d love to hear them in our comments section below.