A pool for all
A redeveloped and more fit-for-purpose Olympic Pool complex is a step closer after councillors approved it to be included in the draft 2018-2028 Long Term Plan.
Council agreed to adopt, as its preferred option for consultation, the concept option 3, which would mean an estimated $28.5m invested into the asset subject to grant funding.
Project manager Robson Timbs says key to the redevelopment of the facility was that its as user-friendly for all right across the community – from families to learn-to-swim classes, competitive swimmers and more.
Now, with the approval of councillors, the concept will move through the LTP process and – subject to grant funding and community support – will keep progressing.
“The draft LTP is looking to fund phase one of the project through years one to three” says Robson. “There would be a year of developing the design and resource consenting, and potentially construction could start in late 2019”. “Phase 2 of the project has been scheduled for years 7 and 8 of the LTP, subject to grant funding.”
Phase one of the project includes a multi-use enclosed 50m pool, a learn-to-swim/hydrotherapy pool and new changing room facilities, along with a hot pool and zero depth splash pad. Phase 2 is a progressive upgrade of the outdoor facilities subject to further funding.
There was widespread support for the concept at the Future Tairawhiti Committee meeting, with Councillor Pat Seymour saying it was now “time to get on with the project”.
“We have talked about it for ages. Let’s just get on with it,” she said.
Report to Future Tairawhiti meeting - 18-008 Olympic Pool Redevelopment Project