Irate parents are challenging the Dunedin City Council's
decision to close a popular children's facility at Moana Pool
during the July school holiday.
The leisure pool, a favourite of children and parents because
of its shallow depth, waves, river, massaging water features
and toddlers' play area, is due to be closed for maintenance
for up to two weeks from July 2 until the first Monday of the
Council aquatic services manager Steve Prescott said the pool
was busier during school terms than in holidays, so it was
harder to allocate other pool space to children during the
It was a matter of best utilising pool resources at times
when maintenance had to occur.
He hoped the leisure pool, or at least the spa pool, could be
opened after the first week of maintenance but erred on the
side of caution about estimating when facilities would
"As soon as we have it finished and filled back up, we'll
We've given ourselves two weeks but hope to have it up and
running before that, if possible," he said.
Mr Prescott described the maintenance as "normal", such as
fixing spots of rust, which had to be done every few years.
Dunedin parent Susan Kennedy, whose children were aged 9-13,
said it was hard enough finding children's holiday activities
without the closure.