YMCA take charge of gyms, pools
The decision out.
After months of finetuning, the council has announced the majority of its central Auckland pool and gym facilities will be managed by community organisation YMCA.
YMCA won 10 of the 12 facility contracts up for grabs this year, including four that were previously managed by Community Leisure Management (CLM).
Three of the pools affected by the change are in central Auckland: Cameron Pool, Lynfield Youth and Recreation Centre and Onehunga War Memorial Pool.
Chief executive Peter Fergusson says the first thing for customers to know is that fees will not be increasing.
‘‘The price will not be going up. We’ve been simplifying our pricing structure in the last couple of years so we might look at that a bit more.
‘‘We will be trying to keep it as seamless as possible. We’re conscious that we’ll be stepping in with communities that have had these services for a long period of time.’’
Onehunga will now have two YMCA pools within about 1 kilometre - an addition that will help the community, Fergusson says.
The close proximity gives an opportunity for the centres to work collaboratively, he says.
The organisation is also expecting the majority of staff pre-
is finally viously employed CLM will stay Fergusson says.
Most have been offered contracts with just a handful heading to other CLM facilities or jobs elsewhere, he says.
New programmes and a family membership option are on the cards but the organisation is being careful not to rock the boat, he says.
‘‘The last thing we want to do is race in there with new staff who don’t know the place and change things up. The expectation is that all of the staff that are keen will be coming across.
‘‘Once we get on the sites we’ll be able to get a feel for what the community is really wanting. But we’re not just going in to change things around.’’
The management contracts will take effect from July 1 and last five years.
CLM declined to comment.
Auckland Council leisure manager Rob McGee says it was a close competition between YMCA and CLM.
The previous contracts were due to finish this year so a full tender process was required to find the best provider, he says.
‘‘We have worked closely with local boards to ensure their community outcomes are well reflected in these decisions and will continue to do so as we monitor the delivery of each contract.’’
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