Teething problems as council pool reopens
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.
Emily Hind, 8, and brother Daniel Hind, 10, enjoy the facilities at the renovated Pioneer Pool yesterday.