While lidos around the country fight for vital funds to maintain their survival, Wales is counting down to the opening of a brand new lido.
Lido Pontypridd, the National Lido of Wales, is the only outdoor water attraction and play area of its kind in Wales and will officially open later this month with a period of free swimming.
The lido features three outdoor heated pools, including a pool for swimming, children’s activity pool and a fun splash pool for toddlers.
Kier Construction were the main contractors on the £6.3m project, while Wrightfield undertook the pool construction. The restoration of the Grade II-listed Lido Pontypridd has been made possible due to £3m from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, £2.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a £900,000 contribution from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, and a £100,000 contribution from Cadw.
A spokesperson for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said: “The lido has been designed with fun and safety in mind, while also celebrating the rich industrial past of Pontypridd and the surrounding areas.”