An­other clo­sure of Al­bany pool con­cerns users

North Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - FELIC­ITY REID

Main­te­nance is­sues, over­crowd­ing and car-park­ing woes have marred the first months of Al­bany Sta­dium Pool.

The long-awaited $21 mil­lion facility opened in late Jan­uary and has had a num­ber of clo­sures since. The com­mu­nity has raised con­cerns that the pool, which is lo­cated on the same grounds as QBE Sta­dium, is im­pacted when the sta­dium is host­ing a large sport­ing event. The pool closed early due to the All Blacks match on Septem­ber 16.

Ac­cess to the facility and car park­ing out­side is re­stricted dur­ing events, in­clud­ing North Har­bour’s Mitre 10 Cup home games.

The Auck­land Coun­cil-run pool facility has 30 des­ig­nated car parks and pool users are di­rected to park in nearby Hooton Re­serve when these car parks are full. How­ever, these are also used for the over­flow sta­dium park­ing.

In re­sponse to com­ments on the Al­bany Sta­dium Pool Face­book page about park­ing on game day, the pool op­er­a­tors said: ‘‘The sta­dium staff block off the car parks be­fore a big game and we agree it is frus­trat­ing to look over and see an empty car park while peo­ple us­ing the pool are strug­gling to find a park­ing spot. We are con­tin­u­ing to work with the sta­dium to find a bet­ter so­lu­tion for this on­go­ing issue’’.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s head of ac­tive re­cre­ation Rob McGee said op­tions be­ing con­sid­ered in­clude more des­ig­nated spa­ces, bet­ter sig­nage and con­trol mech­a­nisms on event days, and op­tions to in­crease the car-park­ing ca­pac­ity on the precinct.

For a sec­ond time this year, the pool fa­cil­i­ties at the com­plex will soon be closed for an ex­tended pe­riod of time. For most of October, the swim­ming pools, spa and sauna are closed for main­te­nance work, in­clud­ing re­plac­ing elec­tri­cal wiring.

‘‘Whilst there is no ideal tim­ing for a shut­down, we have de­cided that bal­anc­ing out the im­pact on our term-based pro­grammes such as Learn to Swim and our long-term ca­sual users that October was our pre­ferred tim­ing to carry out these es­sen­tial works to en­sure we of­fer our cus­tomers a high qual­ity and safe ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ McGee said.

In March, the tod­dlers’ pool, slide ac­tiv­ity cen­tre and splash pad closed for a week for ur­gent main­te­nance, so tiles and sealant could be re­paired.

‘‘We are con­tin­u­ing to work with the sta­dium to find a bet­ter so­lu­tion for this on­go­ing issue’’


Liam and Tara Saber con­tem­plate a run across the tricky lily pads, at Al­bany Sta­dium Pool. The pool is closed for the school hol­i­days.

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