Paddling pools to reopen this weekend

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 11:47 15/11/2012

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Four paddling pools in Christchurch will reopen this weekend.

A special event to celebrate the reopening of the New Brighton whale paddling pool will be held on Saturday. It will be the first time the paddling pool has been open since the February 2011 earthquake.

Mayor Bob Parker will officially reopen the pool on the New Brighton foreshore at 11.30am.

There will be children's entertainment on offer, including face painting, a clown show and some water-inspired games. The New Brighton community market, held at the New Brighton pedestrian mall from 10am to 2pm, will be renamed Whale of a Time and will sell whale paraphernalia.

Another three newly repaired paddling pools - the Botanic Gardens paddling pool, Abberley Park paddling pool in St Albans and Woodham Park paddling pool in Linwood - will also open this weekend.

Parker said the reopening of the whale pool was a small, but significant, step in the city's recovery.

Although the work on the Botanic Gardens paddling pool has allowed it to reopen in time for summer, further repair work will be needed.

The development of repair options and potential costs for the Scarborough paddling pool is continuing. The pool is more badly damaged than the four that have been repaired and will not reopen for the 2012-13 season.

Three outdoor pools are also set to reopen in time for summer.

The Jellie Park 50-metre outdoor pool and the Halswell Aquatic Centre will reopen on Saturday, followed by the Templeton Pool on December 10.

The Waltham Lido Pool and Lyttelton's Norman Kirk Memorial Pool will remain closed this summer because of earthquake damage.

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