Tawa Pool back in action
Water flowing back into Tawa Pool is music to Shaun Pallett's ears.
Last Friday the pipes were re-opened and the main pool started to slowly fill. But it was to take a few days, under careful monitoring.
It has been more than a year since the pool closed. Firstly, it had its five-yearly maintenance closure in October 2011, which was meant to take six months, including tile repairs, window bay replacement, resurfacing, re-painting and work on pumps and pipes.
But in March came notice that the building needed earthquake-strengthening, costing $818,000.
Pool manager Mr Pallett said he and the rest of the team are excited to be back in business.
''We were only six weeks from re-opening [in April] when the word came through that the extra strengthening was needed.
''All the staff were billeted out to other Wellington pools, but everyone's looking forward to coming back here. We do have to fill the pools slowly because the pipes have been dormant for a year, but we'll have everything good to go for the new opening date,'' he said.
The pool will open to the public on November 12. The official re-opening party will be on November 17, which is close to the pool's 40th birthday.
To celebrate the day there will be a 1970s disco theme with plenty of family entertainment. A mural outside will be unveiled and there will also be activities in Grasslees Park.