Yearsley Swimming Pool
York, England, UNITED KINGDOM
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Try Yearsley for a swim, you will not be disappointed.
On my early morning, weekday visit, the pool was laned for lap swimming with three, wide, speed-differentiated lanes. It was not particularly busy; there were no more than about 30 swimmers during the time that I was there. I had an enjoyable swim, but what was particularly notable was the friendliness shown - both by staff and by other users - to the stranger (me) turning up on their doorstep at 7 AM. Just about everyone I encountered went out of their way to welcome me and to ask how I'd enjoyed my visit to a place of which they are clearly very fond.
Troublingly, the pool's future is in doubt. Currently both owned and managed by York City Council, management is to be contracted out to GLL (a major operator of sports facilities in the UK) in the near future, most probably from 1 July 2015. An old sports facility elsewhere in the city is currently being redeveloped and will provide, amongst other things, a new 25 metre pool. Although decisions about the Yearsley Pool have yet to be taken, it is to be reviewed once the transfer to GLL has taken place. It will be a great shame if this friendly, if rather quirky, facility is to lost to future generations of Yorkies (or Ebors, if you want to use the Latin term for the folk who come from York).