Give your body a stretch next to the Sea Point pool

2015-11-17 06:00
 Ward councillor Jacques Weber and lifeguard Azaad Arnold test out the new gym equipment at the Sea Point Pavilion. PHOTO: nicole mccain

Ward councillor Jacques Weber and lifeguard Azaad Arnold test out the new gym equipment at the Sea Point Pavilion. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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A new public gym, similar to the popular free gym on the Sea Point Promenade lawns, has opened in the Sea Point Pavilion.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Sea Point Pavilion, the project aims to enhance healthy living and daily exercise.

The Friends of the Sea Point Pavilion is a voluntary non-profit organisation formed by a group of regular swimmers and local residents.

The group’s chairperson, Tony Scalabrino, says they had been working quietly since inception a couple of years ago to improve the facility. The organisation also helps the municipality with the upkeep of the pool.

The gym is the Friends’ latest initiative from funds collected by renting the forecourt to small businesses.

Ward councillor Jacques Weber, who attended the opening of the gym on Wednesday last week, applauded the Friends for “pushing forward” in upgrading the pool.

He added that the outdoor gyms, such as the one on the Promenade, have become a popular facility. It will be a valuable addition to the Pavilion, he says.

The Sea Point swimming pool has been rated as one of the world’s top ten swimming pools by the Guardian newspaper. It attracts up to 60 000 visitors over the peaking summer swimming period and more than 20 000 visitors per month in December and January.

The pool is open throughout the year, and a handful of Capetonians persevere with their training throughout winter, even when water temperatures drop to about 12°C.

The City recently spent R3m on upgrading the facility.

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