❚ The Lido is named after Italian resort Lido di Venezia which set itself up for beach bathing in 1857. The name Lido has been applied to outdoor pools ever since. ❚ Palmerston North’s Lido incorporated an artificial beach on its 50-metre leisure pool and set the standard for public swimming pools around NewZealand. ❚ The 25-metre John Boldt indoor pool made year-round swimming possible in 1983. ❚ Amajor redevelopment in 2002 radically changed the leisure pool facilities, roofing over a specialised learn-to-swim pool, spa pool and a ‘lazy river’, while adding two indoor hydroslides, ❚ The Superbowl and Speed slide, the first of their type in the country, and a zero-depth aqua-play area, were added in 2014. ❚ The nine bodies ofwater in the 22 million litre complex are kept at around 25 degrees while pumps circulate 383,000 litres through the leisure pools every hour.