The answer to the question above is a resounding yes. That might not fully placate everyone – after all, this has been an epic journey with plenty of ups and downs. But as you'll see below, the restoration of the Cleveland Pools is closer to completion with every passing day.
So what are you waiting for? Scroll down for all the latest updates.
This month, we want to introduce Martin Meredith, the key contact for the Cleveland Pools Trust's evaluation working group. As he explains below, Martin started his volunteer journey with us in a very different capacity.
“I came across the Pools by accident in 2019 when my wife and I were walking past the entrance on Hampton Row. There was a sign on the gate, asking for volunteers to help keep the site tidy. And of course, when I first walked down the path to the Pools, the magical setting was absolutely captivating. Everyone was very friendly, and I spent a happy few months weeding, sweeping and (my favourite job) scything.
Once the builders moved onto the site, I was happy to become the key contact for the evaluation working group. The group's remit is to measure the impact that each of the projects organised by the Pools has on the community – something the National Lottery Heritage Fund takes an interest in as part of their monitoring procedures. And we also use the feedback to influence how we undertake any future projects.
I'm actually not a great swimmer, but I am interested in history and heritage and will feel proud to have done my little bit when the Pools reopen later this year."
Keep on moving on
This last month has seen incredible progress on site with the marquee coming down to reveal two fully tiled pools. The children's pool looks fabulous with tiles designed by local students bringing a splash of colour and storytelling (more on that below). These will be visible from the recently cast terrace steps, which we’re sure will be a very popular spot once the Pools are open.
The eastern end of the crescent is now being slated; the toilet block is coming along quickly; and the access bridge to the caretaker's cottage has now been installed.
This week, we start laying the pathways around the site – a sign that the heavy jobs are coming to an end and we’re moving towards the restoration’s final touches. Check out the time lapse video and photos below to see just how close we are to getting the job done.
The kids are alright
Collecting memories of the Pools' once-glorious past is vital to understanding why we're undergoing this important restoration. But the future of the Pools undoubtedly belongs to the next generation of swimmers. So to get local children engaged in the project, and to ramp up excitement about the Pools’ reopening, we asked sixth-form students from nearby Writhlington School to design a series of tiles for the bottom of the Children’s Pool, creating artwork that reflects the history and heritage of the site and local area. They did an amazing job, as you can see.
We did it… thanks to you!
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us hit our recent crowdfunding target. As usual, the support shown to the Pools has been nothing short of mind-blowing. Every penny we raise, now and in the future, is so important for a historic lido like ours. We hope taking your first dip in the Pools will be reward enough for all of your generosity.
Share your stories with us
We're inviting former Cleveland Pools swimmers to an upcoming event on Saturday, 14 May, and Sunday, 15 May, to share your stories of the Pools with us. So if you (or indeed any friends or family) remember what it was like diving into the Pools back in the day, then we'd love to see you see there. And please do bring along any photos, films or items that will help us capture the Pools' history.
This latest event will take place at the entrance to Morrisons on London Road (just opposite Cleveland Pools) on May 14-15 (10am-6pm, Saturday; 11am-3pm, Sunday). If you have any questions about the event, please contact email@example.com.
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