Based in the heart of Maerdy, the swimming pool has been derelict for 5 years following its closure. The Action for Maerdy Paddling Pool group was set up by members of the community with the hope of bringing the once much loved facility back to life.
Julie Harvey, who lives in Maerdy and is the secretary for the Action for Maerdy Paddling Pool Group, said: “The process of getting the pool reopened has been a real labour of love and has certainly had its ups and downs. The pool was in such a bad state, the pump needed renewing, so did the filter, and the pool floor needed to be taken back and totally renewed.
“It’s taken us two years to get us to the point of opening the pool, from getting funding to getting support to make the area safe for families. There were two groups who tried before. It’s been no easy ride but seeing what’s been achieved I am absolutely speechless – it looks amazing and the kids are having a great time in the water.”
Work was carried out to totally revamp the pool and the surrounding areas with local organisations donating time and materials to get the pool ready for its opening this summer.
Trivallis, a local housing association, supported the Action for Maerdy Paddling Pool Group to organise the official launch Day on the 31st July as part of its new Community Days taking place across Rhondda Cynon Taff over the school holidays. Over 160 people came along for a dip in the pool, some BBQ food and free entertainment from Rhondda Radio.
Julie continued: “The opening was such a great success; we want to see this carried on for the future. As a group, through funding, we’ve paid for the training of two volunteer lifeguards and more pool attendees. We hope this means that more people can come and use the pool in a safe environment. It’s great, free family fun.”
The Action for Maerdy Paddling Pool Group has secured a four week license and will keep the pool open this year until Saturday 25th August. Plans next year are to gain a lease to keep the pool open throughout the summer months.
For more information on the group and how you can get involved, search for Action for Maerdy Paddling Pool group on Facebook.
Further information on Trivallis' community Days is available here: www.facebook.com/wearetrivallis