Pool opens at Lums­den

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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.

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