The doors to a new £11million leisure complex for Washington were opened to give people a taste of the services on offer.
Visitors were able to test out the waters of the new pool yesterday, ahead of it opening to the public on Monday.
The multi-million pound centre has been built on Washington Highway, next to the old Washington Leisure Centre, which will be demolished in the future.
Its pool features two water flumes together with a six-lane 25-metre pool and learner pool with interactive water features.
The centre is one of a number of joint projects between Sunderland City Council and Sports and Leisure Management (SLM), which operate as Everyone Active.
Mum Rona Turner, from Fatfield, Washington, was one of a number of families who visited the centre to test out the waters ahead of it opening to the public.
The centre is really good and lot’s better than the last one, the kids are loving it.Rona Turner
She said: “The centre is really good and lots better than the last one. The kids are loving it.
“They haven’t stopped smiling since they got here.
“They’ve got touch pads on the slides to see who can come down the fastest – it’s brilliant.”
Her son Jamie Lidford, six, added: “It’s fun.”
Deputy leader of Sunderland City Council Coun Harry Trueman said: “Everyone is aware of the cuts we have had to our finance, and we realised we had to do something different to protect our leisure services, so we went into a joint partnership with SLM. This meant we could have this wonderful centre built and have a company which would run it and invest in it.
“This centre will not just cater for the people of Washington but also for people across the region like the old centre used to.
“I think it’s absolutely great to see families here enjoying themselves, and I think there is something here for everyone.”
Since 2004, more than £60million has been invested in new and replacement sports and leisure facilities.