Hong Kong's oldest public pool closes

Thursday, 05 September, 2013

Victoria Park Pool, Hong Kong’s oldest public pool, shut its doors for the last time this week. The 56-year-old pool will be replaced by a new swimming pool complex built next door, which will open on 16 September.

The facility, which hosted numerous international swimming competitions, was built to the international standards of the 1950s. The deep end was five metres deep, while the shallow end had strong jets, which sometimes washed weak swimmers into deeper water. It was also reported that the diving platforms were very slippery and many divers had slipped and fallen throughout the years.

A handball court and skating rinks will be built on the site once the old pool is demolished.

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