Work to start next week on Lido's shade sails

Work to install shade sails alongside the Lido Aquatic Centre's 50-metre outdoor pool in Palmerston North is scheduled to go ahead next week.

The city council plans to spend $50,000 on the project, partly from an earmarked budget and supplemented by money left over from the provision of shelters at Vautier Park.

The decision to provide shade cloths along the length of the pool was welcomed by user groups, such as Palmerston North Girls' High School, whose students have been challenged to create their own sun protection for school swim sports.

Council property officer John Brenkley said the project was a substantial one. A series of poles along the length of the pool would be installed to support shade sails on an angle sloping down the steps so the view from higher up on the embankment would not be impeded.

Facility manager Lynden Noakes said swimmers would continue to have pool access with the exception of one lane. The embankment would be cordoned off. The work is scheduled to be finished on Thursday.

"This will make a great improvement . . .," he said. "A lot of school groups ask if we can provide shade, and end up bringing their own tents and things. It will be good to tell them we can provide this cover."

Manawatu Standard