Original article from Kent Live
The Strand Leisure Park in Gillingham is set to reopen later this month.
The popular lido boasts a 25-metre swim area, a 300-metre lazy river and several children's slides.
The Medway attraction will reopen on May 29, after being forced to close due to the pandemic.
This year it is celebrating its 125th anniversary and a number of changes are being introduced.
New changes to booking systems and opening hours
A new online booking system will allow visitors to book a morning or afternoon session, from 12pm on Saturday (May 22).
All sessions must be booked in advance, either through the online booking system, via phone or by visiting Medway Park in Gillingham , Strood or Hoo Sports Centres.
Customers must bring their booking confirmation with them, either printed out, or on their phones, for their session.
The Strand Leisure Park will open every weekend from next Saturday (May 29) and then daily from July 24 until September 1.
Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: "I am pleased that we will be reopening The Strand pool later this month.
"As the pool is incredibly popular with residents, and visitors, we have introduced a booking system to avoid disappointment.
"All visitors must book a session in advance and bring their confirmation with them when they visit the pool."
A makeover to the iconic pink elephant styled slide
The Strand's iconic pink elephant, synonymous with the outdoor lido, is also getting a makeover
Sporting all the colours of the rainbow, the slide will serve as a symbol of the hard work that Medway keyworkers and NHS have carried out during the coronavirus pandemic.
But that's not all.
Medway Council has launched a competition to rename the elephant.
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The name will be announced by Saturday, 26 June and the winner will receive four complimentary entrance tickets for a swimming session at The Strand this year.
Howard added: "We are looking forward to welcoming residents back to the pool, especially as we will be celebrating The Strand’s 125th anniversary in June.
"As a tribute to Medway’s keyworkers and the NHS, for their hard work keeping residents safe during the coronavirus pandemic, the pink elephant, which is synonymous with The Strand, is currently being painted all the colours of the rainbow.
"We have launched a naming competition and I would encourage our youngest residents to enter.
"Medway is aspiring to become a Child-Friendly City, putting children and young people at the heart of everything it does.”