FROM THE FRONT
allow Wanaka residents to swim at the Cromwell Swim Centre for the same price as they paid at home, by producing proof of residence. Their passes would also be honoured at the Alpine Aqualand at Frankton.
Before last Friday’s closure, council staff were apparently already assessing upgrade options, which included adding a learners’ pool to the Wanaka facility.
Building a completely new pool at Wanaka’s Three Parks development along with the proposed new Wanaka Sports Facility, was also revived for consideration.
‘‘We are continuing to evaluate the viability of those options,’’ Stokes said.
It was originally built as the school pool for the adjoining Mount Aspiring College. Principal Wayne Bosley said he and school’s staff were shocked by the closure, and concerned for the community’s immediate future.
‘‘We have always supported the idea of keeping the pool close to the schools. It is important for the council to act quickly as access to a pool in this area for sport, fitness, rehabilitation or recreation is very important.’’
Without knowing what remedial work would cost, Wanaka Swim Club president Richard Fairbairn’s initial preference was to upgrade and extend the existing facility.
‘‘In our opinion, we do not need an over-the-top aquatic facility for this town. We need a training pool and a combined family/learn to swim pool with upgraded facilities that are close to the schools.’’
He felt the town was lacking sports facilities, and that the council should spread any allocated money among groups.
A proposed new 25-metre indoor public swimming pool in Wanaka’s Northlake development would be subject to the council approving a plan change at tomorrow.
A statement released this week said the development would include land for a subdivision, which would require the re-zoning of 219 hectares of land north of Aubrey Road and near Outlet Road, from rural general to a new Northlake Special Zone.
The plans were prepared by town planning and resource management consultancy John Edmonds, on behalf of three adjoining landowners.
The developers would approach the council to discuss options to ‘‘fast track’’ the new swimming pool, with the possibility of it opening to the public next year, he said.