A DATE has been set for the reopening of Abingdon’s popular outdoor swimming pool following a £1.3m refurbishment.

Vale of White Horse District Council, which began the major project in September, has announced the Abbey Meadow pool will begin its summer season on June 16.

The council will be holding an official event in the morning and the pool will be open to the public from 1pm.

The new pool features a beach-style sloping walk-in area that provides easy access for young children and for visitors with disabilities.

There is also a deep water area for experienced swimmers, as well as a fully refurbished changing areas.

The pool is now surrounded by a non-slip rubber surface and the council has improved accessibility throughout the pool area and buildings.

Charlotte Dickson, Vale cabinet member for leisure, said: “It’s so fantastic to see how this much-loved local pool has been transformed.

“We have made a significant investment to upgrade the outdoor pool and the wider Abbey Meadow area, and now these facilities are more enjoyable and accessible than ever. I’m sure there will be smiles on everybody’s faces when we open again on June 16.”

The council is also appealing for people to send in old pictures of Abbey Meadow pool to feature in a special picture display at the re-opening. A free swim is on offer to those whose images are chosen. Contact communications@southandvale.gov.uk.