Queues gather to try out Bray’s new pool
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.