Royal Commonwealth Pool making a splash across the world

The Council-owned facility has been ranked as one of the top ten public swimming pools in the world by travel guide Lonely Planet.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Sport Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, pays tribute to the iconic venue.

He said: “It’s come as no surprise that the Royal Commonwealth Pool has made the top ten public swimming pools in the world and I’m delighted that it’s achieved this recognition. The Commie has been a much loved venue for the local community and visitors for more than 40 years since it was originally built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games.

“Two years ago the pool re-opened after £37m worth of refurbishment works, funded by the Council and sportscotland, including the upgrading of the diving pool to meet world class standards, and this has enabled us to continue Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Games legacy by providing generations of swimmers and divers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to hone their skills in a world-class facility. 

"It’s the ideal venue to host the diving competition when the Games return to Scotland this summer and I’m sure the thousands of spectators attending will have a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”

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