Banbury’s open air pool closes for the season

Woodgreen Open Air Pool NNL-150209-112226001
Woodgreen Open Air Pool NNL-150209-112226001

The last outdoor public swimming session of the season has taken place at Woodgreen open air pool as doors closed for another year last Friday.

Although this summer has been mixed in terms of weather, Woodgreen Leisure Centre attracted more than 17,000 customers since it opened at the end of May.

Councillor George Reynolds, Cherwell District Council’s deputy leader, said: “Despite a summer of unsettled weather, once again it has been a successful year for the open air pool with thousands of people taking the opportunity to swim in it, or relax around it. It continues to be a firm favourite with people of all ages and I am sure they will be looking forward to its reopening next year.”

Unsurprising, the single busiest day was Wednesday, July 1 when temperatures in the UK soared, and more than 900 people headed there to cool down.

Highlights this year included the annual triathlon in May, the return of many local clubs including Cherwell Canoe, Banbury Swimming and Banbury Water Polo.

The Olympic-sized 50 metre pool also attracted swimming clubs from outside of the district, including Stratford, Bicester and Witney.

Earlier this year the pool area was enhanced when floral borders, planted by children from the adjacent Early Intervention Hub in Hilton Road, were added.

Woodgreen Pool is owned by Cherwell District Council and operated by Parkwood Leisure.

Kieron Mallon, leader of Banbury Town Council, said: “Banbury Town Council continues to support the operation of the outdoor pool through a £62,000 financial contribution to the running costs through the summer holidays.

“The outdoor pool is a valuable leisure facility and its worth is measured by the number of people who use it. 17,000 customers in just over three months is a fantastic figure.

“Olympic-sized pools are rare nowadays and Banbury is one of the few towns to have such a facility.”