Athlone Swimming Pool will soon be open to the public after it was closed many years ago because of the poor state it was in. It has undergone repairs worth R1.4m to both the main and the kiddies pool. The repairs started earlier this year (“Work to start at pool”, People’s Post, 12 February).Ward councillor Rashid Adams says he would like to have a ceremony for the official re-opening to encourage the public to take advantage of this facility.“I would encourage the community to consider starting an official swimming club where our children will be trained how to swim competitively,” he says. Adams also wishes to see the Athlone pool being used for galas and other creative events where swimming will be recognised as a development tool.He says this would help attract people to participate in and encourage a positive activity in the community. Adams says previously the pool was mostly used by senior groups in the community for exercise programmes. “That can now continue,” he says.It will also be available to schools and other community organisations.