Pool to be partially closed after hundreds hurt by tiles

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 June, 1999, 12:00am

A swimming pool where hundreds of people have been hurt by a rough floor is to be partially closed for maintenance.

Swimmers at the Hammer Hill Road pool in Diamond Hill may be ordered to wear slippers while walking along the poolside.

A check was conducted yesterday by the Architectural Services Department and the Provisional Urban Council after complaints the floor was rough and could easily injure swimmers.

An inspection at another pool in Jordan Valley, which has drawn similar complaints, is also expected.

At least 200 swimmers, many of them children, required treatment while swimming at the Hammer Hill Road pool last Friday during the Dragon Boat Festival. Many had their feet or hands cut by the tiles.

Acting chief architect Tse Shun-kai admitted yesterday that the floor had deteriorated in the three years since the pool opened.

He said the floor had sharp points which should be flattened or covered with plastic mats to avoid hurting swimmers. Some screws on pipes had come loose and required maintenance.

'We will start the maintenance work immediately. We expect the work to be finished in three to four weeks. Most of the work will be conducted at night,' he said.

Provisional Urban Councillor Ronnie Wong Man-chiu urged the public to be careful when using the pool.

He said councillors would consider whether swimmers must put slippers on while entering the pool to protect their feet from injury.