Name that Swimming Pool - PLEASE HELP!!!

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Name that Swimming Pool - PLEASE HELP!!!

Postby malaria » Sat 03 Jan, 2009 14:39

Hello pool experts!

When I was about 14 years old I visited a swimming pool. I live in London and can only assume that it was not far from here. To my memory the swimming pool had four waterslides and you bought arm-bands of various colours that allowed you a predetermined amount of time on the slides. The slides were rated from easy to hard and you could see them from outside:

YELLOW - Corkscrew - Just went round in a wide corkscrew (Easiest)
GREEN - Twister - A bit more complex (not entirely sure if this one actually existed or if I'm imagining it)
BLUE - Aqua (or something like that) - Even more complex
BLACK - Black hole (or something) - Glittery, dark, had many dips and twists, the scariest (Hardest)

The pool probably no longer exists, but people I went with have no memory of it and it would be fantastic to hear that at least I am not just imagining it, or even better, that it still exists and I can visit it again! I'd really appreciate any help!



Postby nkyg » Tue 17 Feb, 2009 19:07

That's Richmond Water Chutes.

And it was awesome. Sadly it shut down in the late 80's / early 90's. I believe it was attached to a regular swimming pool which still exists. (Richmond Lido?) I'm also fairly sure the pipes have long since been removed from the building.

My memory is that the yellow slide was called the Twister, the Green was the Corkscrew, the blue the Aqua (aquaplume? aquaduct?) and the black one was the black hole (which looked a shabby dark red from the outside due to the coating on it)- but then I was seven at the time.

Rumour is that there was an accident there of some kind.

There were various rumours ranging from the usual absurd 'razorblades planted in the pipes' theory to something about a pile-up in the black hole caused by someone stopping themselves half way down.

Gotta say I've always been curious about it though, and google gives me nothing.

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