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    Sunday, 25 November 2018

    High temperatures spur swimming pool attendance

    Couples enjoying themselves at the Council run swimming pool.

    PRISCA MAFUDZA

    MASVINGO- High temperatures that were witnessed in the last five days in the country have seen attendance at the City’s only public swimming pool going up 100 fold as residence sought to cool their bodies.
    When The Mirror visited the swimming pool on Wednesday, there were only 10 people in attendance, mainly children, but on Saturday and Sunday there were over 200 people of mixed age.
    Couples could be seen enjoying themselves while hugging and swimming hand in hand and the children’s pool was also packed with kids.
    “When this facility was opened we used to record zero attendance or two to three people per day, but when the weather changed we began to witness a sudden change in numbers. Sometimes we would get five to 10 people and this is our busiest weekend ever.
    “Adults are actually shying away after seeing the high number of teenagers in the pool, they prefer quite places and we have slotted them for 6pm when most teenagers and children would have gone home,” said an attendant at the swimming pool.
     “With proper marketing this place is good for recreation especially for the young generation who want to while up time. They should also make it an all weather facility,” said Dickson Nyamhotsi who was swimming with his son.
    The Masvingo City Engineer, Tawanda Gozo said they have big plans for the swimming pool, but there are other competing urgent matters that they are addressing.
    “We are quite happy that residents are utilising the facility, at the moment we are only targeting the summer period between August and May although we have long term plans for the swimming pool to be all weather, at the moment we are seized with other urgent matters,” said Eng Gozo.
     

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