Popular whale pool vandalised

Brighton pool out of action until Christmas

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 14:51 16/12/2013
Whale pool damage
Daniel Tobin
DAMAGED: Rubber sealant was removed from the expansion joints in the tank, causing all the water to drain out of the popular beach-side pool.

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Beach-goers won't be having a whale of a time for the next couple of weeks, after the New Brighton whale pool was vandalised on the weekend.

The popular beach-side paddling pool was targeted sometime after Saturday's Santa parade.

Rubber sealant was removed from the expansion joints, which let a significant amount of water drain out.

Christchurch City Council recreation and sports unit manager John Filsell said he was disappointed and frustrated by the "callous vandalism".

"A lot of time and effort went into ensuring this facility and other much-loved pools around the city opened for the summer season," he said.

"We are extremely disappointed that the thoughtless actions of a few people have meant the community is missing out on the use of this invaluable asset."

The pool will now be cleaned and resealed and will not reopen for one to two weeks, with the council hoping to have the repairs completed before Christmas.

The pool was reopened a year ago following earthquake repairs, which included fixing broken pipes and re-levelling the area around the pool.

Paddling pools are open at the Botanic Gardens, Spencer Park, Edgar MacIntosh Park, Woodham Park and Abberley Park.

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