Wark­worth pool to come


Wark­worth res­i­dents can ex­pect a new train­ing pool within the next few years.

North­ern Arena has signed a con­tract on a block of land ad­ja­cent to the north side of the Wark­worth Show­grounds and sports field this year.

In its early stages of de­vel­op­ment, North­ern Arena is wait­ing for the site to be de­liv­ered so they can start build­ing.

North­ern Arena’s direc­tor Matthew Saun­ders said he ex­pects the site to be de­liv­ered dur­ing 2019, and hopes to have the com­plex com­pleted be­tween 2020 and 2021.

‘‘The greater de­vel­op­ment in the area needs to get un­der­way with roads and ser­vices, in par­tic­u­lar the Matakana Link Road, then we de­sign, build and open.’’

Mahu­rangi Com­mu­nity Sport and Re­cre­ation co­or­di­na­tor Ruth Mills said since 2009 they have pe­ti­tioned Auck­land Coun­cil to pro­vide a com­mu­nity aquatic fa­cil­ity for the area.

‘‘Our pre­ferred op­tion is a pool fa­cil­ity that pro­vides for more eq­ui­table ac­cess and is in keeping with our goals of get­ting more peo­ple in­volved in sport and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties.’’

Saun­ders said the fa­cil­ity will have three pools specif­i­cally de­signed to learn to swim, a teach­ing hall, a gym, group fit­ness rooms and the usual gym equip­ment.

The com­plex will also have an All­press Cof­fee Bar.

The Wark­worth Com­mu­nity pool is said to be fin­ished be­tween 2020 and 2021.

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