Swimmers will have to pay to use Tinside Lido after free entry is scrapped
OUTDOOR swimmers will have to pay to use Tinside Lido when it opens for the summer on Saturday.
A one-year experiment with free swimming has been dropped after Everyone Active took over running the pool on the Hoe.
But Mount Wise swimming pools also open for their 2012 summer season on Saturday – and will continue to be free.
Everyone Active boss David Greenwood said that Plymouth City Council had not specified that Tinside should be free.
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"We have had feedback that a lot of customers have said they would rather pay and have a pleasant experience than have it free and over-crowded."
Mr Greenwood said that last year the council was forced to employ three security guards at Tinside to deal with anti-social behaviour.
Everyone Active is also introducing a small shop to sell items like goggles, and a poolside kiosk selling food and soft drinks for Tinside users.
At Mount Wise there will be a vending machine and perhaps an ice cream trolley when the pool is busy.
The lido and Mount Wise pools will be open from 10am to 6pm every day during school holidays, and until 7.30pm on Wednesdays.
During term time they will open at noon during the week, and at 10am on weekends. Closing times remain at 6pm and 7.30pm on Wednesdays.
Children under four are free.
At Tinside a swimming session of at least two hours at busy times costs £2.70 for children aged 4-16, £3.80 for adults aged 16-59, and £2.80 for seniors and concession.
A family swimming session costs £11 (£9 for concessions).
A full day ticket ranges from £4.70 to £6.70 and a family day ticket is £20.
A season ticket valid until September this year is £25 for children, £45 for adults and £30 for seniors and concessions.