Pool fa­cil­i­ties get stan­dards boost

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The Can­nons Creek Swim­ming Pool has been closed dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, but it’s been no hol­i­day for pool man­ager Bret Bur­rows and his staff.

Ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions have been car­ried out and will con­tinue un­til the pool re­opens next week­end.

Mr Bur­rows says reg­u­lar users will hardly recog­nise the place, while staff can look for­ward to ex­tra stor­age, larger of­fice and staff train­ing rooms, new chang­ing rooms and toi­lets, new fam­ily/ dis­abled chang­ing rooms, and new safety tiling pool­side.

He is re­lieved and de­lighted the changes he has been work­ing to­wards since he be­gan man­ag­ing the pool will fi­nally hap­pen.

Ren­o­va­tions at Can­nons Creek are long over­due, he says.

It didn’t take much to con­vince Porirua City Coun­cil man­agers Wil­lie Tau­rima and Darcy Ni­cholas that it was time to up­grade what to him looked like a ‘‘junk­yard’’, with equip­ment stored pool­side and staff work­ing in ‘‘pokey lit­tle of­fices’’.

‘‘They’ve both been great . . . it was just a mat­ter of bring­ing Wil­lie down here and show­ing him just how di­lap­i­dated the build­ing has got – and he was right on board,’’ says Mr Bur­rows.

While at times it has seemed like a long, slow process, he says if he takes a step back he can see it’s ac­tu­ally track­ing really well.

‘‘It’ll look fan­tas­tic – clean and new. It’ll really lighten and brighten the place up.’’

The flurry of change is not re­served for the fa­cil­i­ties – Bret has al­ready be­gun an over­haul of the swim pro­gramme, and while the pool is closed to the pub­lic they will take ad­van­tage of the break to pro­vide staff train­ing.

Mr Bur­rows is well aware par­ents don’t al­ways see the minute dif­fer­ences from one fa­cil­ity to the next, they just see in­di­vid­ual re­sults, such as their child learn­ing to swim.

What of­ten mat­ters to them is the stan­dard of the fa­cil­i­ties and the level of ser­vice.

Pool side: Can­nons Creek Pool staff Pip Southee, Laura Cooper, Phil Wag­gott and An­to­nia Comeskey.

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