Pool attendance buoys CBay team

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 05:00 10/01/2014
jacob ansley
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SUMMER FUN: Jacob Ansley, 13, of Timaru, plays a game of catch in the outdoor pool at CBay.

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The team behind the CBay Aquatic centre is pleased with the summer attendance so far.

Figures provided to the Herald show there were 8448 paying customers at the pool between Boxing Day and January 3.

Timaru district recreational facilities manager Craig Motley said it was a "solid" turnout, but "anecdotally" it appeared to be down on last summer.

"It's not an exact science, but if it's a reasonable day people might consider going down to the bay instead, but if it's too hot, they would rather visit the indoor pool."

Mr Motley said CBay recorded its busiest day on December 30 (1005 paying customers), but the drop on December 31 (595) was expected.

"You budget for lower numbers on the leadup to New Year's Day, people usually have other things on," he said.

"We close early for the stat days, but it's unlikely to have an effect on the numbers." Children aged 5 to 17 accounted for slightly more than 40 per cent of the visitors during this period, while about 15 per cent were concession-card holders or permanent members.

"It would be useful to get an idea of how many out-of-towners visit the pool, we know people from Ashburton and Oamaru visit . . . " he said.

Mr Motley said attendance at the hydroslide appeared to be up since its hours were extended.

Although it would host a special event on Saturday, it had no plans to introduce one-off discounts.

"We think our prices are pretty competitive compared to similar facilities in the South Island," he said.

It averaged about 370 paying customers daily for December 1 to 17 - the period just before the school holiday.

The Timaru District Council budget for the aquatic centre required 255,000 tickets to be bought each year, and in its first year 277,000 people visited. The pool opened in August 2012.

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- The Timaru Herald

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