The Splash Leisure Pool in Rushden has been emptied to allow work to start on improvements to the centre.
The £330k project funded by East Northamptonshire Council will include the replacement of essential mechanical equipment to enable the pool to remain open for future use, new lockers and improved changing areas and showers.
Splash has now temporarily closed for approximately eight weeks for the work to be completed.
While the work is being carried out, customers can use the pool at the Nene Centre in Thrapston and enjoy sporting activities at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden.
East Northamptonshire Council’s appointed observer to the Aspirations Wellbeing board, Cllr Glenvil Greenwood-Smith, said: “As you can see from the photo, the pool has been emptied, the contractors are in and we’re looking forward to having an improved facility open in the autumn for all swimmers.
“Some people have raised concerns about the pool closing during the summer holidays.
“There’s no good time to temporarily close a pool and we had to think long and hard about when we could undertake the work.
“The alternative was to close during term time which would result in having to cancel the programme of swim school.
“This would have an impact on over 2,500 children missing out on learning to swim later this year.
“We therefore decided to close the pool during the holiday, losing the casual fun swim opportunity but retaining the swimming lessons programme, a decision which we’re sure is welcomed by parents.”
Chris Tye, group operations manager at Aspirations Wellbeing, who run the facility, added: “Most users of the pool were telling us that the work needed to be undertaken sooner rather than later, particularly with regard to installing new lockers and improving some of the changing areas.
“Work has now started on this and we can’t wait to re-open the pool to our loyal customers.”
To keep up-to-date with the progress of the works visit the Aspirations Wellbeing and East Northamptonshire Council websites as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information about Aspirations Wellbeing services call 01933 410505.