After months of cold weather the City of Johannesburg is ready to welcome spring by opening 46 swimming pools on 1 September.
Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Community Development Councillor Chris Vondo said this marked an improvement from last year when only 27 swimming pools were officially opened. While most swimming pools will open for the summer season, some will delay opening because of the refurbishment still underway.
Murray Park and Newville will both remain closed indefinitely due to severe structural damage. Plans for the future of the two swimming pools will be determined soon as the City concludes its ongoing consultation process with all stakeholders involved.
“However, there are other swimming pools within a reasonable 5km radius and they include Ellis Park, Moffat, Malvern, Rhodespark and Hoflandpark, thus providing sufficient aquatics services,” says MMC Vondo, reassuring residents of Johannesburg that processes are underway to ensure that the remaining pools are open between the month of September and December this year.
He also called on community based swimming clubs and residents to utilise swimming pools optimally, “in line with a major priority programme of the department to afford all residents access to the City’s facilities”.
Councillor Vondo says residents should safeguard the City’s facilities against vandalism and theft when this swimming season.
The City’s outdoor aquatic facilities will be open throughout the summer season at least five days a week.
Some of the swimming pools include; Brixton, Riverlea, Florida North, Dobsonville, Moletsane, Orange Farm, Lenasia South, Eldorado Park Extension 4 and Vrededorp.
Another 10 swimming pools will open by December, bringing the total to 56.