Pool opens at Lumsden
While some community pools are struggling to stay afloat, the Northern Southland Community Pool Trust will open the Lumsden pool more this summer.
In spite of a restricted season of 100 days over the past two seasons the pool has been well used by the local schools, swimming club, aqua aerobics and the community, NSCPT chairman Jules Adams said.
‘‘This year we are trialling a season of 150 days, meaning it will be open through the school holidays, in the hope that the community will support the facility with increased key purchases and funding.
‘‘We are hoping to lure freedom campers with a hot shower and swim deal which could give added income.’’
The work done by Brian Ross as manager for the last three seasons has been highly valued, Adams said.
Honorine Orchard and Louise Lewis will take over as co-managers this season.
Longer term major projects include recladding the roof and getting a better heating system, such as solar, to mitigate the big ticket diesel running costs.
Major fundraising activities are planned with Lumsden Lions organising a 4-wheel drive trek next year.
Other community groups using the facility.
Aquafit has started again with instructor Amanda Senior, and the swimming club, with four fully trained instructors, has lessons two days a week. are also
Milo Adams, 7, Mackenzie Herrick, 10, Benjamin Rodgers-Foran, 8, Renae Lewis, 6, Olivia Lewis, 11 and Charlotte Rodgers-Foran, 11 enjoy a swim.