Mata­mata’s patchy pool not cool

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - ABBY BROWN

‘‘Your first im­pres­sion when you walk in here is that it looks like stream wa­ter.’’

Al­though Mata­mata Swim Club is very happy with the up­graded in­door pool, the same can’t be said about the town’s out­door pool.

Swim Zone Mata­mata’s out­door pool cur­rently has a yel­low floor and blue sides which makes the wa­ter look green. The swim club is now wor­ried this could ef­fect par­tic­i­pant num­bers for their Fe­bru­ary swim­ming car­ni­val. ‘‘Your first im­pres­sion when you walk in here is that it looks like stream wa­ter,’’ Swim Mata- mata pres­i­dent Karen Ray­mond said.

Mata­mata Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil’s communications of­fi­cer, Adele Pre­ston, said there had been no in­tial plans to work on the out­door pool as part of the up­grade. The three pools at Swim Zone Mata­mata were pre­vi­ously ser­viced by one fil­tra­tion and heat­ing sys­tem. The up­grade in­volved pro­vid­ing each pool with their own fil­tra­tion and heat­ing sys­tem. To do this work all of the pools needed to be drained. Relining of the out­door pool was not a part of the con­tract, the coun­cil have said, and dam­age to the out­door pool was a re­sult of the drain­ing. The seal­ing of the tiles, to make them safe for swim­mers over the sum­mer, was a tem­po­rary mea­sure of­fered by the con­trac­tor, Pre­ston said. ‘‘It is not the per­ma­nent so­lu­tion. To have iden­ti­fied the per­ma­nent so­lu­tion may have meant clos­ing this pool un­til af­ter Christ­mas and would have been po­ten­tially very ex­pen­sive. With a num­ber of dif­fer­ent op­tions pos­si­ble, mak­ing a hasty de­ci­sion was not ap­pro­pri­ate.’’

When the out­door pool was drained it be­came ap­par­ent a large num­ber of the tiles were cracked and had sharp edges. The up­grade, which also in­cluded im­prove­ments to the chang­ing rooms, cost around $1.3 mil­lion.

The swim club are very ap­pre­cia­tive of the in­door pool’s up­grade. ‘‘We are look­ing for­ward to the out­door pool look­ing like the in­door pool,’’ Swim Mata­mata coach Graeme Laing said.

The in­door pool is now 32 de­grees, the out­door is 28 and the div­ing pool is 30. Laing is con­fi­dent he will re­gain his Learn to Swim clients, who use the in­door pool, which he lost dur­ing the three month clo­sure.

The coun­cil gave no de­tails on what op­tions they were look­ing at to fix the prob­lem per­ma­nently and gave no time­frame on when the prob­lem would be fixed.

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