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WATERSIDE’S REFURBISHED ‘ALL ACCESS’ CHANGING FACILITY MUCH WELCOMED


Jeannie Hunnybun (Deputy Manager of Waterside Pool) with Julie Wise and Jenny Harding from the Friends of Waterside Pool

Waterside Community Trust’s latest investment of a newly refurbished All Access Changing Room, as part of the ongoing upgrading of Waterside Pool in Ryde, has proved a hit with regular pool user, Tracy Jones.

Tracy has warmly approved of the clever use of space using wide level access to its shower area, plenty of handrails, automatic lighting, emergency pull cords, appropriately placed mirror, paper towel holders and other aids. Above all she is greatly impressed by the state of the art hoist installed by FW Marsh Ltd.

Tracy says:

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“These improvements place Waterside Pool right up among the best facilities seen on the island”.

Pool Manager Todd Miller and Keith Gentleman, Chairman of Waterside Community Trust, the registered charity which operates Waterside Pool, are both delighted with the response from Tracy and other customers who have had cause to use the All Access Changing Room.

Keith says:

“It was very old fashioned before and not fit for purpose. It has been our ambition to improve this space for some time and with a grant from Island Roads, a gift of money from the Friends of the Waterside Pool and some of our own funds we have achieved our goal to be as inclusive as possible.

“The pool already has easy access steps down into the water and a poolside hoist to accommodate any swimmer. Indeed the only item outstanding on our accessibility “to do” list, is to replace the doors leading from reception to poolside with fully automated ones.  This future project will require more fundraising however as we continue in our efforts to keep our much loved pool open, inclusive and relevant to our community.”

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Tracy also very generously donated a special chair for use in the shower.

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