Baths closed a lit­tle longer

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - CA­TRIN OWEN

Swim­mers at Par­nell Baths won’t be able to get wet un­til the end of Novem­ber.

His­tor­i­cally the baths have opened on the first Satur­day in Novem­ber - but this year that’s all changed, which has cre­ated a splash for some users.

Rob McGee, the leisure man­ager at Auck­land Coun­cil, says due to up­grades, in­clud­ing the re­paint­ing of all the pools which has been weather de­pen­dent, the open­ing has been pushed back.

The Par­nell Baths will re-open for the 2016/17 sum­mer sea­son on Satur­day Novem­ber 26 through un­til April 30.

The main pool is the largest salt wa­ter pool in New Zealand, measuring 60 me­tres. It is used by thou­sands of peo­ple each year to cool off dur­ing the sum­mer months.

‘‘Main­te­nance cur­rently un­der way at the baths is ex­pected to be fin­ished in the sec­ond week of Novem­ber,’’ McGee says.

‘‘It will then take two weeks to get the pools filled up, treated cor­rectly and ready to open to the public.’’

Waitem­ata and Gulf Ward coun­cil­lor Mike Lee rose con­cerns over the open­ing dates.

‘‘It seems to me that the lo­cals are be­ing in­con­ve­nienced.’’

How­ever, McGee says the World Masters Games do not im­pact the open­ing sea­son dates and are only be­ing used as a fa­cil­ity to train in be­fore and dur­ing the games.

The Par­nell Baths’ open­ing date has been moved un­til Novem­ber 26.

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