A RECORD number of people have been visiting Bowhill Swimming Pool after its facilities were given a major upgrade.
The pool, based in Station Road, Cardenden, saw a 35 per cent increase in users last year.
The rise has been attributed to major improvements worth over £200,000 over the past two years.
Fife Sports and Leisure Trust has upgraded Bowhill’s 25-metre pool, gym and health suite to ensure the best possible experience for visitors.
As a result, attendance numbers have increased dramatically -- and the centre has received awards in recognition of quality services.
Since April last year, 36,483 people have visited the pool and if this trend repeats next year, the attendance could reach 53,000.
The increase in attendance has been as a result of the investments, which began in 2008 with the £65,000 retiling of the swimming pool.
The fitness suite has also received a £103,000 Technogym upgrade and the pool got a new £36,000 filtration system.
A further £20,000 went on improving the centre’s wheelchair accessibility and £5,000 will go towards improving signage. New active and healthy-living programmes have also been introduced.
In recognition of the improvements, VisitScotland also awarded Bowhill Swimming Pool a three star rating.
Scott Urquhart, area leisure manager, said: “We are delighted to see the numbers of people visiting the centre on the rise. We hope the trend continues.
‘‘In particular, we have seen the greatest improvements in the number of gym goers, thanks to upgrades to the facilities, and in people taking up swimming.
“I look forward to the £20,000 upgrade to our disabled facilities to make the centre more accessible.”
Ed Watson, chief executive of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, added: “The increase in attendance is the real testament and reward for our efforts to provide Cardenden with the best quality leisure services possible.”