Baths ban chilly bins
Auckland’s popular Parnell Baths have banned swimmers from bringing chilly bins into the public facility this summer.
It has also imposed strict new rules about how much food the public can bring into the complex.
The swimming facility, in Judges Bay on Auckland’s waterfront, posted on its Facebook page this month saying chilly bins and commercial foods would not be allowed on site.
It also said only one packed lunch per person would be allowed on site, and has banned bags of food and commercial drinks. The post received a number of negative reactions.
The pools are managed on behalf of Auckland Council by Community Leisure Management. Community Leisure Management spokeswoman Kirsty Knowles said the decision came after it had ongoing issues with rubbish and smuggling of alcohol into the facility.
‘‘We are a family facility that is alcohol free however unfortunately due to a number of people not respecting these policies we do check bags for any prohibited items.
‘‘We aim to do this as respectfully and quickly as possible.’’
Knowles said commercial food such as Pizza Hut and KFC was banned at the baths due to the amount of packaging and food scraps that were left behind.
‘‘In the height of summer this unfortunately can attract pests.
‘‘We aim to operate a hygienic and clean facility and minimising the amount of rubbish on site by the implementation of these policies will help us achieve this goal.’’
She said families were encouraged to bring home made food and water bottles with them.
Auckland Council head of recreation Rob McGee said the decision was made purely by Community Leisure Management.
‘‘Auckland Council does not have a policy relating to food at our pool and leisure centres and different sites manage this differently depending on various factors,’’ McGee said.
He said it was unfortunate the measures had to be put in place due to a small, but increasing, number of people smuggling in alcohol and leaving a mess.