Free swim plan cel­e­brated

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Young­sters and their par­ents are cel­e­brat­ing Auck­land Coun­cil’s plan to give all un­der-17 year olds free ac­cess to the city’s pools.

There were high fives and grins as Mayor Len Brown launched the scheme on Tues­day.

‘‘Swim­ming and spend­ing sum­mer at the beach is part of our life­style, so it’s im­por­tant for Auck­lan­ders to have wa­ter-safety skills,’’ Mr Brown says.

‘‘Free ac­cess to pub­lic pools is one way of giv­ing our young peo­ple th­ese skills, as well as an op­por­tu­nity to take part in en­joy­able phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity,’’ he says.

Young peo­ple aged 16 and un­der will have free gen­eral ad­mis­sion to the coun­cil’s 22 pools.

Charges will still ap­ply for ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing spas, saunas, steam rooms, spe­cial play equip­ment, div­ing boards and hy­dro-slides, and ed­u­ca­tional and ex­er­cise pro­grammes.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to auck­land­coun­cil.govt.nz.

Photos: PETER MEECHAM

Im­por­tant skills: Brody Lang, 9, left, Nathanael Balasingam, 11, and Mayor Len Brown cel­e­brate free en­try for un­der-17 year olds to all Auck­land Coun­cil swim­ming pools.

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