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Parkside main pool and other leisure facilities reopen

News release from 27/07/2020

PARKSIDE’s main swimming pool and a number of other Cambridge City Council leisure facilities have reopened.

Cllr Russ McPherson, Mayor of Cambridge, will visit Parkside Pools & Gym tomorrow (Tuesday 28 July) to see the arrangements that have been put in place to support social distancing and health and safety.

Changes at each newly reopened facility include hand sanitisers for customers to use when they arrive, new signage and floor markings to help people stay two metres apart and enhanced cleaning regimes.

Entry is through pre-booked sessions which need to be booked online or via the GLL bookings app. Some sessions are proving so popular that they are already fully booked as people are eager to return to the pools and gym.

Details by site are as follows:

Parkside Pools & Gym, Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1LY

  • The main swimming pool and the gym are open;
  • The main pool has a new timetable until the end of August – for details visit: https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cambridge/parksidepools
  • Entry to the pool and gym will be via pre-booked one-hour slots for adults and strong junior swimmers aged 11 or over only who can swim 25 metres continuously;
  • Bookings can be made via the Better UK app or better.org.uk/book;
  • The pool is divided into four double lanes for swimmers and a one-way system will be in operation around the centre with separate entry and exit points;
  • Family fun sessions are available from 12.30 to 4pm every Saturday;
  • Changing rooms and showers will be available after the swim, so people need to come dressed ready to swim without going to the changing rooms first;
  • Spectators will not be allowed;
  • The gym will be open with a reduced capacity - bookings can be made via the Better UK app or better.org.uk/book;
  • Members can book seven days in advance and non-members can book five days in advance;
  • Swimming and diving clubs will have some sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings;
  • Some group exercise classes will be available with reduced capacity;
  • The diving pool and toddler pool will remain closed until further notice.

Abbey Leisure Complex pools, Pool Way, Whitehill Road, Cambridge CB5 8NT

  • The gym is now open but with reduced capacity. Entry will be via pre-booked one-hour slots for adults only (16+ years). Bookings can be made via the Better UK app or better.org.uk/book;
  • Some group exercise classes will be available with reduced capacity;
  • Members can book seven days in advance and non-members can book five days in advance;
  • The pools and outdoor pitches will remain closed until September;
  • Opening times and timetables are here: https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cambridge/abbeyleisurecomplex

Jesus Green outdoor pool, Jesus Green

  • New opening times are Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm until Sunday 30 August;

  • Entry will be via pre-booked one-hour slots for adults and strong junior swimmers aged 11 or over only. Bookings can be made via the Better UK app or better.org.uk/book from 6pm on Tuesday 21 July;
  • Members can book seven days in advance and non-members can book five days in advance;
  • Lane swimming only (three lanes will be available);
  • A maximum of 75 people in the pool at any one time;
  • People must arrive ready to change for their swim at poolside and use the changing rooms after their swim only;
  • Hand sanitisers on site for customers to use when they arrive although customers are asked to bring their own too;
  • New signage and floor markings around the pool creating a one-way system;
  • An enhanced cleaning regime;
  • New poolside showers;
  • No spectating or sunbathing by the pool;
  • The café and sauna will not be available
  • Opening times and timetables are here: https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cambridge/jesusgreenlido

Other facilities:

  • Unfortunately, council owned paddling pools and splashpads will remain closed throughout the summer. As they offer unrestricted access, it is not feasible to operate them and maintain the necessary hygiene and social distancing requirements;
  • King’s Hedges Learner Pool at Jedburgh Court, Buchan Street and Cherry Hinton Village Centre, Colville Road, Cherry Hinton, will remain closed and will reopen in September.

Further information about all of the council’s facilities is available here: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/sport-and-fitness

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “Exercise is one of the best ways of looking after our physical and mental wellbeing so I am pleased that we are able to open more of our sports and fitness facilities, and start to welcome people back.

“Measures have been put place which are designed to make it as safe as possible for people to come along, have fun and get some healthy exercise. Whilst it is a shame that we cannot yet reopen everything that we would like to, safety must come first. I’m very glad we are now able to offer people the chance to visit more of our great facilities.”

Daryl Emes, Cambridgeshire Partnership Manager of GLL, said: “After nearly four months of lockdown, we’re delighted to finally be able to re-open leisure centres in Cambridge, albeit at reduced capacity initially. Our key priorities are to ensure customer and staff safety and build

customer confidence. We look forward to welcoming our customers back into our facilities and helping them on their journey of health, fitness and wellbeing.”