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Cardiff International Pool
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Cardiff International Pool in 2009
51°26′59″N 3°10′52″W / 51.449755°N 3.181078°W / 51.449755; -3.181078Coordinates: 51°26′59″N 3°10′52″W / 51.449755°N 3.181078°W / 51.449755; -3.181078
Address Olympian Drive, Grangetown, Cardiff
Postcode CF11 0JS
Opened 12 February 2008
Operated by Parkwood Leisure
Owned by City of Cardiff Council
Type 2 swimming pools plus diving pools
Cost GB£32 million
Website Cardiff International Pool
Size
50 m (160 ft) 10-lane
Features
Seating for 1,000 spectators
Facilities
Second pool 25 m (82 ft) 4-lane indoor waterpark with flume rides, a beach area with water slides, a lazy river and jacuzzi.

Cardiff International Pool is an Olympic-sized swimming pool built as a public-private funded project; with a partnership between Cardiff Council (land owner), OLLC which is a partnership between Orion Land & Leisure and Explore Investments (developers) and Parkwood Leisure (operator). Parkwood won the contract to manage the facility for 10 years, with a projected turnover of £2.5m each year.

The opening of the pool ended 10 years without an Olympic size pool in Wales since the closure and demolition in 1998 of the Empire Pool (which had been built for the Cardiff-hosted 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games) to make way for the Millennium Stadium.

Construction

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Entrance to the Cardiff International Pool

Construction of the GB£32 million facility commenced in April 2006 and includes two pools; an Olympic size 50 m (160 ft) 10-lane competition swimming pool with seating for 1,000 spectators and a 25 m (82 ft) 4-lane indoor waterpark with flume rides, a beach area with water slides, a lazy river and jacuzzi. The centre also has a fitness suite and studios, conference rooms and a café.

The construction of the pool was the subject of a legal dispute.

The pool was also built to support the London 2012 Olympics as a training facility. Several other sporting venues in the city of Cardiff were used for Olympics, such as the Millennium Stadium for football events.

Restrictions on pools

According to Today News, "There’s no evidence the new coronavirus can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas or water play areas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

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