Edinburgh's Commie Pool: New and Improved!, Friday March 23 2012
For forty years the Royal Commonwealth Pool has been part of
Edinburgh’s sporting landscape. During the last two years The City of Edinburgh Council
has renovated and refurbished the Commie Pool to its former glory
and future success. It will soon have the unique status of being
the only venue in the world to host three Commonwealth Games
(hosting the diving in the Glasgow 2014 Games).
Construction firm Graham helped deliver a 21st century aquatic
centre in an A-listed 20th Century building. The two and a half
year programme has seen the building entirely stripped out and
rebuilt whilst retaining all the listed features including 7,000m2
of the original timber ceiling panels!
At the City of Edinburgh Council’s official opening ceremony on
20th March David Wilkie MBE, Lord Provost George Grubb, Deputy
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scott Hastings, sportscotland Chair
Louise Martin all celebrated welcoming the Royal Commonwealth Pool
back into Edinburgh’s sporting fold.
The ceremonial opening event included David Wilkie swimming a
breadth with 30 local school children and a fabulous synchronised
dive performance by Edinburgh Diving but the real
celebration was opening the doors back to the public at 10am
on Wednesday 21st March.
Your new and improved Commie Pool, managed by
Leisure, has the largest and longest swimming pool in
Edinburgh with eight 50metre lanes, with a boom to split it into
two. Add two 25metre teaching and diving pools, there’s a lot of
water, 5.5million litres in fact.
The gym has increased in size with over 70 pieces of new kit
& plenty space for training along with 3 dedicated fitness
studios for a whole host of classes.
For the youngsters Clambers’ adventurous, water themed softplay
delivers fun on multiple levels. With a new self contained cafe
area and warming station, baby change and toilets it’s convenient
as well as fun.
Find out more at www.thecommiepool.co.uk.