Lido fans splash-happy as watershed moment goes swimmingly for saviour Hackney council

Lido©DA0418: local user Helen Abraham about to enjoy a swim on the Lido’s first day of reopening after 9 months’ repairs ©david,altheer[at]gmail,com
Excited: local user Helen Abraham about to enjoy a swim on the lido’s first new day
LonFieldsLido©DA18: London Fields Lido #Dalston #Hackney E8 new W-side outxdoors showers 030118 © david.altheer@gmail.com David Altheer 030118
California dreamin’: new outdoor showers fit with the West Coast art-deco look
LonFieldsLido©DA18: London Fields Lido #Dalston #Hackney E8 new W-side outxdoors showers 030118 © david.altheer@gmail.com David Altheer 030118
Glinting under the winter sun, the repaired lido pool awaits its long-suffering fans

* Update 040118: London Fields Lido opened early this Thursday and a steady stream of users arrived throughout the day, praising the improvements. Opening hours 6.30am-9pm (under floodlights)

 

LOVING DALSTON was given a sneak preview of London Fields Lido this morning, Wednesday 030118, a day before it is officially due to open.

For almost a year, fans of the capital’s finest outdoors pool have had to accept unexpected postponements of their chance to use it again after repairs budgeted at £1.5 million fell behind schedule. Users will be crossing their flippers in hope that no last-minute problem arises before the watershed moment tomorrow 4 January 2018.

lLonFieldsLido©DA18: London Fields Lido #Dalston #Hackney E8 reception 030118 © david.altheer@gmail.com David Altheer 030118
Reworked entrance hall looks clinical but comfy waitingroom seats will appeal
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Change (Changing, surely?): another success for the transgender lobby

As they dip into the 27deg Celsius pool, swimmers are likely to be pleased with the poolside improvements, notably more sensibly arranged lanes, better changing rooms, with under-floor heating and lockers; the retention of the small changing cabinets and new small changing cabinets for those who prefer privacy; good disabled-user facilities; comfortable seats in the entrance hall; and of course facilities for transgender users. Outside locker keys come one black wristbands, the interior changing-room keys with white.

LonFieldsLido©DA18: London Fields Lido #Dalston #Hackney E8 disabled-user facility 030118 © david.altheer@gmail.com
This kind of seat makes showering easier for a disabled person

David Altheer

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Backstory: Reopening in January 2018; Absurd lido panic; New swim date sinks without explanationLido nears end of repairs for serious leaksLido repairs going well, says contractorLate reprieve for lidoHiring a contractor is not going swimminglyLido’s off-the-wall horror; Sell Haggerston heritage says Hackney

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Lido©DA0418b: Rosalind Redhead after her swim on London Fields Lido-reopening day 040118 ©david,altheer[at]gmail,com
Rosalind Redhead loved her swim on lido-reopening day but was dismayed her rooftop solar-power suggestion was not taken up
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LonFieldsLido©DA18: women's changing room London Fields Lido #Dalston #Hackney E8 030118 © david.altheer@gmail.com
Changing rooms, in this pic the women’s, are well-appointed and have more showers
LonFieldsLido©DA18: London Fields Lido #Dalston #Hackney E8 030118 © david.altheer@gmail.com David Altheer 030118
North end: at this side of the Olympic-length pool is a ramp for easy access
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One thought on “Lido fans splash-happy as watershed moment goes swimmingly for saviour Hackney council

  1. Great news. Even for a wimp like me. I may wait until the weather gets warmer, but delighted for all the regular users.

    * Happens I am also going to wait a while, if only to avoid a first-day rush.

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