Teething prob­lems as coun­cil pool re­opens

The Press - - News - Tina Law tina.law@stuff.co.nz

Christchurch’s newly re­fur­bished Pi­o­neer pool has opened with cold show­ers and fewer benches and hooks in the chang­ing rooms.

Christchurch City Coun­cil-owned Pi­o­neer Recre­ation and Sport Cen­tre’s main pool hall re­opened on May 9 fol­low­ing a five-month clo­sure, but dur­ing its first week of op­er­a­tion the leisure pool has al­ready been closed once.

This was due to un­sched­uled main­te­nance and tech­ni­cal is­sues that meant it op­er­ated well be­low its usual tem­per­a­ture for the first two days.

Signs warned swim­mers the show­ers were cold and other signs told visi­tors man­age­ment was aware there were lim­ited hooks and bench space in the chang­ing rooms and it was work­ing on rec­ti­fy­ing the is­sue.

Coun­cil head of recre­ation, sports and events John Filsell said the de­ci­sion was made to open the Pi­o­neer pool hall as soon as pos­si­ble and this had been at the ex­pense of com­plet­ing all the smaller works to the change rooms, such as benches and coat hooks.

He said ad­di­tional benches and hooks would be go­ing into both the male and fe­male fa­cil­i­ties and there would even­tu­ally be more than were there pre­vi­ously.

The hot wa­ter sys­tem was not part of the re­fur­bish­ment works, but the main mixer valve coin­ci­den­tally failed and was not reg­u­lat­ing the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture as it should, he said.

‘‘The de­ci­sion was made to turn the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture down to keep it at a safe tem­per­a­ture.’’

The mixer valve had since been fixed and all the show­ers were op­er­at­ing nor­mally.

The leisure pool was not up to tem­per­a­ture un­til Fri­day, two days af­ter open­ing, be­cause the lint pot failed dur­ing com­mis­sion­ing. To com­plete the re­pair the pool was emp­tied and re­filled, which did not give enough time for it to be heated be­fore the open­ing.

The coun­cil spent $1.8 mil­lion on the re­fur­bish­ment, which in­volved lin­ing the 25-me­tre pool, clean­ing and re­pair­ing tiles and pip­ing work in the leisure and spa pools, in­stalling new wa­ter toys, up­grad­ing the change rooms, re­pair­ing and resur­fac­ing the pool con­course and re­fur­bish­ing the steam and sauna rooms. Un­der­floor struc­tural repairs were also com­pleted along with mi­nor struc­tural repairs to the plant room.

Pi­o­neer was dam­aged in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Mean­while, a site has been con­firmed for a new $21m pool in Lin­wood.

The Lin­wood Cen­tral Heathcote Com­mu­nity Board de­cided yes­ter­day to build the pool on the cor­ner of Smith St and Lin­wood Ave.

IAIN MCGRE­GOR/STUFF

Emily Hind, 8, and brother Daniel Hind, 10, en­joy the fa­cil­i­ties at the ren­o­vated Pi­o­neer Pool yes­ter­day.

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