Thursday, 15 September 2011

Swimming soaked my brain


Hong Kong sometimes does stuff better than England.

dammitdammitdammit. England, why oh why did you do this to me? What did you do with your swimming pools? You crapped on your outdoor lido heritage, then ripped up all the fun pools for miles around and bashed them all into institutional, attainment targeted, no-fun rectangles, made for tedious machine-drilled school swimming lessons!

But you should take a lesson from the Kowloon Park Public Swimming Pool. This place is something. Imagine two indoor pools for lane swimming, add professional dive pool, plus three large, super curvy outdoor leisure pools; the outdoor pools on three split levels, with paddling, shallows, water walks, islands, sitting areas and columns and waterfalls and everything. Except slides. Big fail on the water slides. But super clean changing rooms, open designs, great facilities and four of us get in for less than a fiver.

Even misery grit goes swimming. THAT'S HOW GOOD IT IS.


sharon said...

Teeny tiny writing Grit - couldn't quite make out what it said . . . :-)

Big mamma frog said...

Do they have changing room drains full of pubic hairs and plasters?

(just wanted to know if they'd surpassed the benchmark of our local pool)

Kelly said...

It's the super clean changing rooms I envy. We have nice pools in Canada, but the change rooms are so often disgusting. Can't bring myself to go.

Nora said...

That sounds terrific. I'm so happy to hear that you had a good time yet again.

Rebecca said...

Someone barfed in the kiddie pool today. Luckily, my son was taking lessons in the lengths pool. It's stuff like that that makes swimming in public pools a little less than ideal here in Canada (but this particular changing room is great -- you should check it out, Kelly).