Green light for $550,000 Taradale pool plan

The Napier Mail - - FRONT PAGE -

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 taradale­pool@gmail.com.

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