THE IPOH City Council Swimming Pool Complex has reopened to the public after undergoing renovations works for the past four months.
Mayor Datuk Zamri Man said the complex was reopened last Monday.
Zamri said he hopes the upgraded toilets and changing rooms will provide better convenience to the visitors to the complex.
“The works of the project which cost RM287,680 started on Aug 3.
“The improvements include new tiles for both the flooring and walls, replacement the main pipes, water tank, ceiling, and painting works,” he added.
When the complex was initially closed, the public had questioned the rationale of the three-month closure to carry out renovations.
They felt that work could be done in stages while the pool remained open.
At that time, council secretary Mohd Zakuan Zakaria said the contractor was expected to take eight weeks to complete the refurbishment of the toilets and changing rooms.
He said then that work would start Aug 3, and be completed by Sept 28.
However, he later said that the complex would be closed until Oct 31 because that was the maximum time frame for the work to be completed.
Zaheyaton Ghazali, 39, from Shah Alam, said, each time she visits her mother in Ipoh she would take her nine-year-old daughter to the pool.
She said when she came back in August, her daughter was sad when they went to the pool and there was a sign stating that the complex was closed.
“So, each time we come back to Manjoi in Ipoh, we would call first to find out if the complex was reopened.
“So this time when I came back for holidays, and tried my luck by calling the complex, I was so happy when told that the pool was open for use,” she added.
M. Jeevan, 35 said he used to take his two children almost every weekend to the pool to learn swimming there.
He said for the past four months, his children had nowhere else to swim or practise their strokes.
“I am glad that the pool has finally reopened, and that my children can now continue with their swimming lessons again,” added the technician.
Lim Chai Boon, 69 said he regularly visits the complex to swim to keep fit.
The retiree said he would go to the complex at least twice a week to swim.
“For the past four months I have not been swimming as the entrance fees to the private clubs are just too expensive.
“However, I am glad that I can now use the upgraded facilities at the complex, which are new and clearer,” he added.