Hereford Lido

Think big. Build a new 50m lido (open air pool) complex in the north of the city centre with views across the historic core. A 50m pool for lane swimming and general family swimming plus a splash pad for children. A grass area surrounding it for outdoor theatre and concerts plus a year round cafe. It would attract those wanting to swim for sport, swim for wellbeing, swim for fun or just hang out in a nice place with friends. The success of lido complexes in Cheltenham, Cirencester and Pontypridd shows they can work if they are run by not-for-profit community companies. The building could be used 12 months of the year with the pool open 6 to 8 months (or more) depending on the weather. It could boost visitors to the city, give local people a great attraction, create jobs and volunteering opportunities and become a community centre. It could host races and charity events and be used by clubs and schools. A happy place.

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