By Daniel Lynch & Tom Swain
Ilkley Lido will open for the summer season this weekend after £150,000 of refurbishment.
The open air swimming pool has been updated with outdoor showers, pool filters and a fresh coat of paint in preparation for Saturday’s opening event. Despite predictions of a summer of bad weather, hopes are high for the Lido’s continuing success.
Andrew Burns, Business Development Manager for Sport and Leisure at Bradford City Council said, “It’s one of the best facilities, we think, in and around the Bradford District. On a good day we can get up to 5,000 people in here, across a good summer we get 150,000. If the weather’s good, it’s a cracking place.
“Obviously we want to recoup as much of the money as we can, particularly with all the cuts, so it’d be great if we had a good summer and got the people in.”
The weather forecast for this weekend is for sunshine and temperatures of 15C.
As well as the swimming pool and seating areas, the Lido will be running a series of events throughout the summer including a gig involving twelve local bands which has been organised by the Friends of Ilkley Lido (FOIL) group.
Hannah Ellis, 22, a lifeguard at the Lido, said: “We’ve got a lot of posters out this year for the events so hopefully it’ll be busy.
“Last year we got quite a few comments about the appearance of the pool and the council have taken note of that and it’s been made better. When it looks better outside we get more people coming back.”
The pool, which was built in 1935, is a popular spot for families, tourists and even serious swimmers with a range of events throughout the busiest weeks.