Decision due on swimming pool

The Queenstown Lakes District Council will make a decision at its next meeting on whether to upgrade the Wanaka Community Pool or build a new one.

The pool was indefinitely closed on July 18 after it failed to meet earthquake standards.

The council was investigating options and costings for long-term swimming facilities and was left with two choices.

It could either refurbish the existing pool and add a learners' pool or bring forward the construction of a new 25m pool and learners' pool as part of the Wanaka Sports Facility to be built at Three Parks.

A decision would be made on August 28.

Mayor Vanessa van Uden dismissed suggestions that a decision was made on the future of the pool at a council workshop this week.

"That is completely wrong. What we have done is ask for full costings to add a 25m pool and learners' pool to the Wanaka Sports Facility that will be built at Three Parks. That will include capital costs, potential operating models and rating implications."

The council had already agreed to spend $115,000 on temporary strengthening of the existing pool building to bring it up to the minimum earthquake standard so it could reopen by the end of September.

The council could also decide to spend around $55,000 more on extra strengthening that would extend the life of the pool for about five years, van Uden said.

The Southland Times