Pool society reveals plans
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.