Green light for $550,000 Taradale pool plan
Taradale is set to get wet again with the Ministry of Education approving a business case to reopen the suburb’s pool.
Greendale Pool closed in December 2016 after aging parts meant the covered site no longer met earthquake standards.
The bulk of the Greendale Pool users were children and adults involved in learn-to-swim programmes. The pool was used by several schools and the public.
On April 5 this year, the ministry approved a project to reopen the facility, meaning the pool’s trust now needed raise about $550,000 to complete the work to bring the site up to standards.
Taradale Primary School prin- cipal Marty Hantz said he was overjoyed with the decision.
‘‘This is all about our kids learning the life skill of swimming and how to survive in the water,’’ he said.
Fundraising team chairman Fraser Holland previously told residents the trust aimed to reach the reopening cost by securing $200,000 through fundraising agencies and the remaining $350,000 through the wider community.
The trust had already received donations and pledges of more than $35,000. A Givealittle page has been set up, and contributions can also be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.