Pool play area makes multi-sense

A NEW multi-sensory play area is set to be unveiled at the city’s largest leisure pool.

The facility at Leith Waterworld is aimed at stimulating sight, sound and touch for visitors.

It will feature a choice for a full range of disabilities and accommodate up to 15 users at a time.

Specialist equipment includes a fastening panel to test dexterity, electronic stepping stones that activate step-on, step-off sounds and two large rocker units that will gently cradle and rock.

The play area, to be unveiled by the centre’s operators Edinburgh Leisure next month, will also feature a fibre optic curtain which will gently waft and change colour .

The 14 million complex re-opened almost a year ago after being closed for more than two years because of a string of problems and legal wrangles between the council and builders Walker.

A 270,000 refurbishment, including repairs to burst water mains and valves, cracked walls and rusting flume walkways, was eventually carried out.