Making a splash in Tawa
Tawa swimmers will be diving into a newly refurbished pool by Christmas.
The 40-year-old pool has been closed since October for maintenance work and earthquake strengthening.
In March, Kapi-Mana News reported the pool’s re- opening would be delayed, because extra structural work needed be carried out on the pool buildings.
At that stage Wellington City Council was waiting for an engineering report on the state of the buildings and it was not known when the pool would re-open.
Spokesman Richard MacLean says the council has finally received a report into the pool buildings’ state and the work needed to strengthen them.
‘‘Some of the options involved strengthening the piles and foundations, but this would have lengthened the project unnecessarily and could have caused damage to the building,’’ he says.
Instead the council will insert extra steel beams in the walls.
The original budget for the upgrade was $2.1 million, but Mr MacLean says it is still too early to say what the final cost will be.
The delay will not affect timetabled maintenance for other council pools.
Karori Pool is to close on July 1 for six weeks for general maintenance.
Thorndon Pool will open on July 2 to cope with demand while Karori Pool is closed.