Southwest Londoners cool with retooled city pool

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Soaring temperatures had many southwest Londoners flocking to a cool new city pool this week.

Families and kids descended on Southcrest Community Pool at 15 Hazelwood Ave. for its official opening Thursday to check out its $1.7-million facelift and enjoy a free public swim.

“It’s been renovated right from the road to the pool,” said Lynn Loubert, city manager of aquatics, arenas and attractions. “It’s fresh, new and welcoming . . . It’s accessible and more convenient so everybody can come.”

The diving area is now a beach walk-in with wheelchair ramp. Geared toward kids, the pool is not much deeper than 1.5 metres and soon will boast spray fountains.

Other big changes include a coming heater, accessible change rooms and sun shades.

Manager Daniella Poloni has been working at the pool for five years and said the renovations have been a hit. “More people are coming in the evenings, which isn’t really common,” she said. “And there’s been more families.”

Friends Stephanie Shannon and Julian Robson brought their kids for a swim Friday. They said it’s an easy way to keep their children busy in the summer.

“It’s not expensive,” said Robson. “It’s $3 a kid and moms get in for free if they’re not swimming.”

Shannon said she took swimming lessons at Southcrest pool when she was younger. Friday was her first visit since then, and she was pleased by the changes.

“I like it — it’s shallow and I like the beach entrance,” she said. “There wasn’t shade here when I was a kid, so my mom had to bring her own umbrella.”

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