Pop-up pool is a big hit in Blessington

Wicklow County Council’s decision to provide €20,000 for a pop-up swimming pool in Blessington has proven a big hit with the local community.

Since its opening on 5th September, the pool has been well used and is proving popular with those swimming for the first time and those returning to swimming after many years.

Welcoming this innovative project in the west of the County, the Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Tommy Annesley, stated that the ability to swim was essential for as many people as possible, which became obvious during the recent good weather when so many took to the water, often for the first time in ages and he encouraged everyone in the Blessington area to avail of the new pop-up pool.

The Cathaoirleach of Baltinglass Municipal District Council, Cllr John Mullen, expressed his delight that the dream of a swimming pool in the west had become a reality and that the temporary pool will support the area’s desire for a permanent facility. He thanked the local swimming pool committee who  he said had worked to secure a pool for West Wicklow for some time and also thanked his fellow councillors and the community  for continuing support for a permanent facility in the area.

Chief Executive of the Council, Mr Brian Gleeson, added his congratulations to everyone involved in the project and thanked the staff in the Municipal District for all their assistance in making the pool a reality. He thanked in particular the Councillors for their support and their agreement to support this project financially, especially with so many competing demands to consider.

The new pop-up swimming pool is 12m by 3.4m by 1.2m deep and holds 45,000 litres of water, heated to a very pleasant 30 degrees. There are changing rooms, a ramp and a hoist to make it accessible for all. The pop-up pool will remain in Blessington until the end of the year and is located at St Kevin’s Community hall in Blessington.

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