Pool facilities get standards boost
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.