Centennial Pool vandalism 'disappointing'
Centennial Pool has become the target of vandals.
The pool has been shut since February 22 after suffering severe quake damage, but the facility is slowly falling into disrepair thanks to constant vandalism.
Plaster has been kicked in, glass smashed and pool items thrown around at the central city facility.
Save Centennial Pool campaigner Simone Pearson was alerted to the damage last Monday.
"It was pretty disappointing to see," she told The Press.
"Before the vandalism occurred the pool was in good condition despite it having been closed for 32 months following the earthquakes."
She said the pool was a community facility and it was the council's responsibility to keep it in good order.
"They still own the pool so they should look after it. It's really disappointing that nothing is being done about the vandalism."
City Council unit manager of recreation and sports John Filsell said Centennial Pool had been subject to acts of vandalism since it was initially opened, which was ''not uncommon'' for a facility like the pool.
"These incidents of vandalism stopped when the facility was in the red zone due to the army presence, however, since the red zone removal the vandalism has resumed."
The facility is alarmed and is monitored, and Filsell said that in the event of damage council undertook "appropriate make safe repairs" to secure the site.
"The acts of vandalism generally consist of broken glass and superficial damage and have not affected the structural integrity of the facility which was significantly damaged as a result of the earthquakes."
Pearson said it "was not good enough." She would be seeking to have the vandalism investigated by police and the culprits "identified and prosecuted".
City councillors voted earlier this year not to fix the quake damaged pool. The council has formally resolved to sell Centennial pool to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and this is in the process of being expedited.
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