Past and present collide as council commits to resurrecting Valentines Lido

Valentines Lido at Valentines Park in Gants Hill, Redbridge, London

The former Valentines Lido, which was opened in 1924 before closing during the 90s - Credit: Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre

Outdoor swimming is set to make a comeback in Redbridge as the council commits to resurrecting the much-loved Valentines Lido.

The move - confirmed yesterday, February 24 - represents a throwback for those who remember revelling in the outdoor pool which once graced Valentines Park.

Valentines Lido at Valentines Park in Gants Hill, Redbridge, London - swimmers gather

Revellers enjoying the outdoor swimming facility which was once the gem of Gants Hill - Credit: Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre

Redbridge Council has pledged to deliver the new facility as part of an £11million package aimed at improving the borough's leisure facilities.

This investment was one of a number included in budget proposals for 2022/23 which were approved by the local authority last night.

Valentines Lido, which opened in 1924, was something of a Gants Hill gem before it closed during the 1990s.

Valentines Lido at Valentines Park in Gants Hill, Redbridge, London - diving board

Work is already underway to design the Lido to complement the existing landscaping in Valentines Park - Credit: Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre

The council has vowed to add to that legacy.

“Redbridge Council is committed to delivering a state of the art outdoor swimming Lido in the heart of Valentines Park to rival the splendour of the original 1924 Valentines Lido," a spokesperson said.

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With full details to come, they added that design work is already underway to "complement the existing landscaping in the park".

Valentines Lido at Valentines Park in Gants Hill, Redbridge, London - black and white

Resurrecting the Valentines Lido is part of an £11m commitment made by the council to improve the borough's leisure centres - Credit: Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre

This project is part of "wider plans to invest in leisure facilities across Redbridge"; other schemes include the installation of a 25-metre swimming pool in the new Wanstead Leisure Centre, the doubling of green space at Fairlop Waters and the restoration of Hainault Country Park.