Dry win­ter at pool as tilers move in

Swim­mers to en­joy fresh new sur­face

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By EMMA DAWE

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.

Photo: EMMADAWE

Dry: Cromwell Swim Cen­tre team leader Angie Calder out­side the cen­tre which will be closed while the main pool is tiled.

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