Mataura pool closes next week
The doors will close at Mataura’s swimming pool next Sunday, and the Gore District Council has asked the public how it wants to mark the pool’s closure.
Ideas so far include free entry, a barbeque and a photo booth.
Gore aquatics services manager Kim Peterson said it was good to get some constructive feedback.
‘‘It’s about giving people a chance to trip down memory lane and remember the pool in its heyday.’’
The council’s decision to close the pool followed extensive community consultation and numerous attempts to boost patronage by direct marketing to user groups and promotions.
‘‘We wrote to various sports and community groups letting them know about the classes we provided at Mataura, offered discount vouchers and were always looking for ways of getting people involved.’’
Despite this there was often only two or three people at some sessions, Peterson said.
Staff also surveyed 104 people to find out what they wanted at Mataura. Only four surveys were returned.
‘‘Those four told us cost was no barrier to using the pool, the opening hours were convenient and the pool was easily accessible.
Parks and recreation manager Ian Soper said the council and Mataura Community Board hosted a community workshop in 2014, which included discussion around whether the pool was meeting the current and future needs of the community.
‘‘What emerged from that was a vision for Mataura to have a recreational attraction unique to the Gore district.’’
The workshop was followed by information sessions, held over three days in the Mataura community centre, where people were able to let the council know their preferred options.
Future recreational opportunities for Mataura was also one of the key consultation points of the council’s 2015 – 2025 long term plan.
The pool has been a large part of Mataura’s history for over 50 years.
‘‘We are presently working with the community board on what will replace the pool.’’
The plaques commemorating Mataura men who served in both World Wars and the Boer War would be relocated near the Mataura war memorial.
The pool will close on Sunday April 30.
Aquatic services manager Kim Peterson at the Mataura pool.