New pool might have to put cap on membership
SUCCESSFUL GREYSTONES SWIMMERS WANT EARLIER OPENING HOURS
AT THE request of Councillor Pat Vance, CEO of Shoreline Bray and Greystones Swimming Pool Dominic Gunshenan, gave a presentation to the Town Council at last week’s meeting.
Cllr Vance had raised concerns over the financial documents for the new swimming pool and had said that he would like to see any projections they had done and other paperwork.
Mr. Gunshenan gave a full presentation highlighting the great success that the pool has achieved in only six weeks.
At present the pool has 997 members and it is estimated that there will be a cap on membership by February or March next year.
‘We could only comfortably have around 1,600 to 1,800 members so as we could continue with the pay as you go. If things continue to go as well as they have been then we will have to put a cap on membership,’ said Mr. Gunshenan.
One of the main concerns that was reiterated by the councillors around the table were the opening hours.
At present the pool is only open from 7 a.m. three mornings a week, which is proving to be a problem for many of the new members.
‘A large number of the people using the pool early in the morn- ings are those going to work in Dublin and so they want the club to open earlier than 7 a.m. and to open early each week day so they can use it before work,’ said Cllr Vance.
Mr. Gunshenan agreed and stated the club are looking into changing the opening hours.
Another concern amongst the Councillors was the price and size of the outdoor astroturf pitches.
At peak times which is Monday to Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m, it costs ¤70 to ren out one of the astroturf pitches.
‘We are still in the infancy stages and so we are looking at the areas where there may be problems and we will always listen to demand and accommodate where we can,’ responded Mr. Gunshenan.
The newly opened Greystones swimming pool.