Queues gather to try out Bray’s new pool

Bray People - - Official Opening Of Bray Swimming Pool - Mary FOG­A­RTY

THERE WERE peo­ple queu­ing out the door at the brand new swim­ming pool and leisure cen­tre in Bray last Satur­day, to try out the fa­cil­ity on the day of its launch.

‘It was a to­tal suc­cess,’ said a staff mem­ber, adding that around 15 peo­ple are em­ployed by the new cen­tre. Opened by box­ing cham­pion Katie Tay­lor and Cathaoir­leach of Bray Town Coun­cil, Cllr. Ciarán O’Brien, the event was also at­tended by Min­is­ter Dick Roche who had been cam­paign­ing for the day for sev­eral years.

The Grey­stones pool, which will be run by the same com­pany - Shore­line Leisure - is ex­pected to be ready for its own launch in Oc­to­ber and Grey­stones Mayor Cllr. Ge­orge Jones added his voice to the wel­come for the Bray open­ing day.

Re­mark­ing that the drive for this has been on since the clo­sure of the pool at Pre­sen­ta­tion col­lege, his said that Bray may now pro­vide fu­ture swim­ming stars to fol­low on af­ter Bray born In­ter­na­tional swim­mer Gary O’Toole.

‘I hope we will all have the hon­our of wel­com­ing home stars from the Lon­don Olympics in 2012,’ he said as he con­grat­u­lated Bray Town Coun­cil on the move.

The open­ing cer­e­mony in­cluded a num­ber of speeches, as well as rib­bon cut­ting and the un­veil­ing of a plaque.

The 25 me­tre pool and full gym, as well as an aer­o­bics stu­dio, foot­ball pitches and spin­ning room, have been de­scribed as ‘some­thing the peo­ple of Bray can be proud of,’ by Cllr. John Ryan, who said it will be a huge as­set to the town.

Calls, how­ever, have been made to al­tar the pric­ing plans slightly to in­clude a pool only fam­ily mem­ber­ship. The cur­rent plan of­fers two adults and two chil­dren ac­cess to both pool and gym fa­cil­i­ties for ¤ 995, how­ever young chil­dren have no need for the gym.

It is un­der­stood that pro­ce­dures, plans and pric­ing will be re­viewed by man­age­ment af­ter a six-month set­tling-in pe­riod. Staff have also de­fended the higher rate in Bray com­pared to neigh­bour­ing pools Gle­nal­byn and Wick­low, say­ing the fa­cil­ity is newer, state of the art and has run in to higher costs. ‘Mem­ber­ship is still very com­pet­i­tive com­pared to pri­vate clubs,’ they said.

An­nual Mem­ber­ship per adult at peak times is ¤495 with the same mem­ber­ship for a cou­ple cost­ing ¤880. Fam­ily Mem­ber­ship is priced at ¤995 with an ad­di­tional child at ¤ 95.

Stu­dents over 16 and the over 55’s will be charged ¤395. A range of pay as you go op­tions are also avail­able with an adult swim at ¤7.20 a child swim at ¤4.00 and full ac­cess to both the pool and gym at ¤ 10.

The club will be open on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tues­days and Thurs­days from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri­days from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and all week­end from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Shore­line Leisure on (01) 2765660.

Elaine Hay­den, Lauren Hay­den and Re­becca McCow­ley were en­joy­ing a dip.

Cllr. Ciarán O’Brien (Cathaoir­leach, Bray Town Coun­cil) and cham­pion boxer Katie Tay­lor un­veil a plaque to mark the of­fi­cial open­ing of Bray’s new pub­lic swim­ming pool.

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