Vandals magnify delays for sport centre

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 22/02/2014
century pool
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ

MINDLESS DAMAGE: Many of the former Century Pool windows have been broken as South Canterbury Gymsports works towards completing its transformation of the centre.

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Unforeseen costs have slowed South Canterbury Gymsports' move into its new home at the former Century Pool building.

Plumbing and electrical issues have blown the organisation's tight budget, so it is working on other funding avenues to build a pit needed before the concrete floor is poured.

The old 33-metre indoor swimming pool in Craigie Ave was demolished in August and the club had hoped to be up and running by now.

South Canterbury Gymsports spokesman David Fridd said it was frustrating.

While the problems they had struck were not major, each had a significant cost attached, such as reconnecting three-phase power to the building, he said.

The $100,000 given by the Timaru District Council was always going to need to be added to, which the club was actively working on, Mr Fridd said.

The pit was needed to allow the necessary height so no-one was in danger of hitting the roof during certain routines. The budget also did not include lights and heating.

Also frustrating Mr Fridd was the mindless vandalism that had led to a large number of the exterior windows being broken, which then needed to be boarded up or taped over.

The revamped complex will be used for both training and competitions for gymsport, as well as a movement development centre.

Mr Fridd said that once finished it would be a great facility and another excellent asset for the community.

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- The Timaru Herald

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