Contractors have begun the demolition of Barry Leisure Centre's iconic Hydroslide, ahead of the installation of a new outdoor workout area.
The demolition was confirmed in a question put to the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Arts and Culture by a member of the public at a full Council meeting on 26th July. The question asked why the hydroslide, which was previously one of the main attractions of the pool, had not been maintained and if it could be reopened.
"A large pool inflatable, taking the form of an obstacle course, was purchased as a replacement for the Hydroslide and proved extremely popular with visitors to Barry Leisure Centre. Sadly, at present the pool inflatable was not being used due to the wider operational issues associated with complying with the current COVID regulations, especially the additional cleaning requirements necessary throughout the Centre."
"These ‘inflatable sessions’ would however be reinstated as soon as possible.The area where the Hydroslide was located was being repurposed as a new outdoor fitness area to assist in the recovery from the effects of Covid-19 on the Leisure Centre. It was hoped that this repurposed area would attract new customers as well as providing an attractive new fitness zone to existing customers."
Barry Leisure Centre has since shared plans on social media for a new outdoor workout area, which will see approximately 200 sq m of land off Dock View Road transformed to include a 20ft converted shipping container workout hub with storage, inset rubber flooring with workout area and new tarmac perimeter path.
One user said "I hope they are going to look to install a new flume rather than just take the old one away! Families don’t swim in Barry as much since that was left to fall into disrepair."
Whilst another said "Oh, quite liked the flume but this looks fun."