Pop­u­lar pool gets splash of en­thu­si­asm

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Can­nons Creek Pool is again open for swim­ming and splash­ing fol­low­ing a $250,000 up­grade.

The up­grade work in­cluded new fam­ily chang­ing rooms, a non-slip floor sur­face to im­prove cus­tomer safety, off-pool­side stor­age which en­ables more space pool­side for cus­tomer use, re­fur­bished staff and train­ing room, new of­fice, and re­place­ment of the pool slide with an in­flat­able which features a dual slide.

Mayor Nick Leggett says the pool is a well-loved com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity and the im­prove­ments by coun­cil have made it a much bet­ter space where com­mu­nity events can be held.

‘‘It’s now an even bet­ter place for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether.

‘‘The pool sees 700 kids through its doors ev­ery week and gen­er­a­tions of the city’s res­i­dents have learned to swim there – in­clud­ing my­self. The coun­cil wants to keep it that way.’’

Mr Leggett says some peo­ple’s claims that the coun­cil doesn’t in­vest in Can­nons Creek are not based on fact.

‘‘This is a $250,000 in­vest­ment and lo­cals can have con­fi­dence that the coun­cil is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing ser­vices there, as in any other part of the city.’’

The Dash Swim School con­tin­ues to grow in qual­ity and num­bers, and the coun­cil, with sup­port from Ki­wis­port Fund­ing, is hop­ing to as­sist with over 2000 kids learn to swim this year through the schools pro­gramme.

‘‘With the com­mu­nity con­cerned about drown­ing rates, it’s great that the coun­cil can en­hance a fa­cil­ity that will help pre­vent fu­ture drown­ings,’’ Mr Leggett says. ‘‘It’s a fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity, where more of our kids can learn to swim, but also it’s now eas­ier for the com­mu­nity to hold other ac­tiv­i­ties and I’m sure it will be utilised a lot more in this way.’’

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