THE future of Hilsea Lido was placed in the hands of schoolchildren when they were asked to come up with ideas for the soon-to-be revamped pool.
Hundreds of pupils from City of Portsmouth Boys School, in Hilsea, took part in a day where they designed logos and flyers and thought about new ways to attract visitors.
The charity refurbishing the lido said their suggestions – which included diving boards, water slides, cafes and even an enormous fish tank – could even someday become a reality.
Hilsea Lido Pool for the People Trust vice-chair, Helen Downing-Emms, added that the 11 to 15-year-olds were exactly the kind of people they want to visit the pool when it reopens.
She said: ‘It really makes sense to listen to the views and ideas of youngsters, because it’s no good us coming up with ideas if no-one wants to use them. Some of the designs and suggestions they put forward were fantastic and really imaginative.
‘We’ll have to see whether we can work them into the finished proposals.’
Also on hand yesterday to help the youngsters think about their plans were professionals from the worlds of business and politics.
Robert Brown, 12, of Domum Road, Copnor, said: ‘We thought the pool should have a huge diving board, water slides and a cafe, so children can play and have fun while their parents use the cafe.
‘This whole day is like a step further for us, we can talk to people who have grown up to do jobs that we might want to do some day.’
Rijwhan Noor, 12, of Balfour Road, North End, added: ‘If we wanted to start a business we could even use some of these ideas.’