Dry winter at pool as tilers move in
Swimmers to enjoy fresh new surface
A $175,000 upgrade of the main swimming pool at the Cromwell Swim Centre is about to take place and will see the centre closed for just more than three months. The pool will close at 1pm on Saturday to allow staff time to prepare the 25m pool ready for contractors to start the work next week. Central Otago District Council parks and recreation manager Mathew Begg said the pool was going to be tiled, which would involve cleaning the old paint surface off, adding a waterproof layer to seal the pool, tiling and then refilling and reheating the pool. Currently the surface of the pool was painted and that had to be redone every three to four years resulting in the pool being closed, he said. The tiles had a lifespan of 30 to 50 years, except for repairs that might need to be done to individual tiles if they got damaged. The work had originally been planned for last year but was deferred to ensure tiles were available and to not impact on the Cromwell Swim Club’s swim meet, Mr Begg said. Cromwell Swim Centre team leader Angie Calder said the plan was to reopen the swim centre on September 23, but the therapeutic pool, spa pool and hopefully the children’s waterfall pool would be open from July 15, with opening hours of 9am to 6pm daily. The main pool would continue to be closed and would be fenced off.
Dry: Cromwell Swim Centre team leader Angie Calder outside the centre which will be closed while the main pool is tiled.