Ponds Forge Sheffield leisure pool: First photos show how swimming pool looks after £500k revamp

The flumes may be gone but there are plenty of new features for swimmers to enjoy, including a more powerful wave machine, a faster lazy river with new rings, and a fully refurbished baby pool with warmer water for little ones, a mini slide and an interactive sensory wall.

Following its £500,000 refurbishment, the new-look Surf City leisure pool also includes a new disability-friendly pool with a custom-built hoist to lift swimmers in and out of the water.

While it will officially open to the public on Monday, a select group of swimmers were invited in for a sneak preview on Saturday – and they gave it the thumbs-up.

Nasar Meah was there with his daughter Samayah, aged four, who was visiting for the first time, and he told how they were very impressed.

“She’s loving it and we’ll definitely be back. Her favourite bit is the lazy river,” said Nasar, struggling to make himself heard over the shrieks from other excited youngsters echoing around.

Those invited to take the splash over the weekend included members of Park Hill Residents Association, Reach Up Youth, Manor and Castle Development Trust, Darnall Education and Sports Academy (DESA), and Buzz Sheffield.

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