Pool so­ci­ety re­veals plans

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Plans for a multi-mil­lion dol­lar in­door pool at One­tangi Sports Park have been un­veiled by Wai­heke Pool So­ci­ety.

At a pre­sen­ta­tion last Thurs­day, so­ci­ety chair­per­son De­lyth Mor­gan-cogh­lan said the in­door pool would cost up­wards of $3.48 mil­lion. The so­ci­ety re­leased a re­port stat­ing the pool com­plex would be likely to cost $5.5 mil­lion.

Wai­heke Lo­cal Board can bor- row $1 mil­lion to build a com­mu­nity pool and the so­ci­ety has $126,000 from fundrais­ing over the past 25 years and from re­cent do­na­tions.

‘‘We es­ti­mate that a fur­ther $4,374,000 is re­quired to achieve pool con­struc­tion,’’ the so­ci­ety’s re­port stated.

Grants, do­na­tions and com­mu­nity fundrais­ing would be needed.

The cost for run­ning an in­door pool com­plex would be about $1 mil­lion a year, but the so­ci­ety ex­pects rev­enue would al­most cover this cost. The so­ci­ety es­ti­mates Auck­land Coun­cil would pro­vide $100,000 a year, 25,000 peo­ple would use the pool at $5 a visit, and do­na­tions would be among other sources of in­come.

The so­ci­ety’s re­search sug­gests the best site for a pool is on coun­cil land that is used by Wai­heke Adult Rid­ing Club, be­tween One­tangi Lawn Ceme­tery and Wai­heke Mu­seum.

The so­ci­ety pre­vi­ously con­sid­ered us­ing Min­istry of Edu- cation land be­side Wai­heke Recre­ation Cen­tre. Lo­cal board mem­ber Bob Upchurch said hous­ing for teach­ers is now planned there, but a Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son said no for­mal pro­pos­als for a pool or hous­ing have been re­ceived.

The pool com­plex would in­clude a 25 me­tre long pool with 5 lanes, a learn­ers’ pool, a spa, sauna, gym, treat­ment room, dry ac­tiv­ity area, and cafe.

The lo­cal board from 2013 to 2016 put for­ward plans for two out­door, heated pools, that would cost about $1.2 mil­lion to build and $100,000 a year to run. How­ever, Mor­gan-cogh­lan said the pool needs to be in­doors and open all year to be fi­nan­cially vi­able and ac­ces­si­ble for all users.

The lo­cal board is now ex­plor­ing de­vel­op­ing a pool be­tween the two schools on Don­ald Bruce Road.

Board mem­ber Cath Handley said a com­mer­cial op­er­a­tor is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of build­ing a pool on Wai­heke.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the type of pool planned by Wai­heke Pool So­ci­ety.

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