Vanessa van Uden
Wanaka's public pool is expected to reopen within two
months, following a Queenstown Lakes District Council decision
to spend $115,000 to strengthen the Wanaka Community Pool
building as a temporary measure.
Mayor Vanessa van Uden said today the council agreed to use
funds that were already in the Wanaka pool budget, after
receiving a briefing from staff and professional advisers.
The pool was closed last Friday after an independent
engineering investigation found the building only met 20% of
the new building standard, making it officially "earthquake
The council would make an immediate start on design work and
obtaining building consents, and the strengthening measures
would be performed as a matter of urgency.
It could take up to two months to reopen the pool.
In the meantime, the council has struck a deal with the
Central Otago District Council allowing Wanaka residents to
use the Cromwell pool at the same price they would have paid
Their pool concession cards will also be valid in Cromwell
and at Alpine Aqualand in Frankton.
Ms van Uden said the council was aware that many people
relied on access to the Wanaka pool to learn to swim, as a
training facility and for recreation and therapy.
"This is a temporary solution while we work out the best
long-term option for providing pool facilities in Wanaka,"