Long Street Pool Reopens, offering a Safe and Inviting Space for Families

Great News for Cape Town Families! The Long Street Baths, a beloved historical landmark, are back in business. After undergoing essential maintenance and exciting renovations since February, the indoor swimming pool reopened its doors on May 15th, promising an even better experience for visitors of all ages.

A Community Milestone

The reopening is a significant milestone in the pool’s journey, reflecting the city’s commitment to providing top-notch recreational facilities. “This is a momentous occasion for the community and water lovers alike,” said Councillor Patricia Van der Ross, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health. “This project represents our dedication to enhancing recreational options for our residents.”

Exciting Enhancements

Several improvements have been made to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and accessible experience for all visitors, including:

  • Roof repairs and electrical compliance upgrades
  • Fresh painting of the foyer ceiling and external façade
  • Repairs to the cash office and other minor touch-ups

Long Street Pool Highlights

  • Year-Round Operation: One of the few pools in Cape Town that operates all year, catering to recreational and professional swimmers, clubs, schools, and activities such as underwater hockey and water aerobics.
  • Heated Pools: The indoor swimming pools are heated to a comfortable 26 degrees Celsius.
  • Variety of Facilities: The Long Street Baths feature a main indoor pool and a kiddies’ pool. The facility also features change rooms, ablution amenities, showers and lifeguards.

A Sanctuary in the City

Cape Town underwater photographer Helen Walne describes the Long Street Baths as a sanctuary in the city: “It’s something to do with the hushed acoustics, the way light floods in through the windows at the far end, and the soft colours of the fading murals. Everything is muted and gentle and spacious.” Walne notes that the pool is a safe space, especially for women, with designated women-only hours on Tuesdays from 10:00 to 14:00 (or 10:00 to 13:00 during school holidays).

Historical Charm

  • Rich History: The 25-metre pool was built in 1908, with Turkish baths added around 20 years later. Though the Turkish baths service has fallen away in recent years, the pool remains a beloved part of Cape Town’s history.
  • Secret Oasis: Despite its popularity and longevity, the pool is still a hidden gem. Former employee Sadick “Dickie” Holtman once remarked, “People walk past every day and never look inside. They’re amazed when they see this place for the first time. Many people don’t know it exists.”

Practical Information

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday and public holidays: 07:00 – 19:00; ladies only: Tuesday: 10:00 – 14:00 (except on public holidays)
  • Entrance Fees: Adults: R35, Children: R20, Pensioners: Free (Monthly and Seasonal Passes available too)
  • Capacity: Maximum 600 patrons
  • Pool Sizes:
    • Main Pool: Length: 25m, Width: 12m, Depth: 1.5 – 2.8m
    • Kiddies’ Pool: Length: 7m, Width: 12m, Depth: 1 – 1.5m
  • Not allowed: alcohol, preparation of food, playing of music, inflatable mattresses and tubes, balls and frisbee games, glass containers, use of soap, underwater diving equipment, firearms, animals

For more details, visit the official website.
or call the cash office at: 021 400 4269

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