A $9.7 million swimming pool could be part of the Wanaka
Sports Facility in the town's new commercial and residential
Three Parks subdivision, if a recommendation is adopted, and
the public agrees.
In a report to Thursday's meeting of the Queenstown Lakes
District Council, the council's general manager operations,
Ruth Stokes, recommends tender documents be prepared for
stage one of the new facility - two indoor courts, changing
rooms, storage, outdoor artificial courts - expected to cost
However, she suggested a 25m, six-lane lap pool and
learn-to-swim pool at the facility go into the council's
long-term plan to be ''delivered'' by the council in the
Ms Stokes noted the total cost of all the facilities talked
about, including the pool and a gym which is not part of
stage one, would be $23.25 million.
Ms Stokes also recommended the council, in the short term, go
ahead with ''enhanced remediation'' of the existing pool, at
a cost of $150,000.
In March, the council resolved to refurbish the existing
Wanaka pool rather than build one at the new sports facility.
However, an engineer's report in July found the existing pool
did not meet earthquake regulations, and the pool was closed.
Ms Stokes said a decision to pursue a new pool now would be
significant ''given the departure from the long-term plan and
the level of unbudgeted expenditure proposed''.
Her recommendation, to build the pool in 2020-21 rather than
now, was made because of the rating implications for the
Also on the table is an option put up by Northlake
Investments Ltd planning 1400 sections in its subdivision
between Wanaka and the Clutha River.
The company is contemplating a four-lane, 25m lap pool and
toddler pool, with 33 car parks, near the entrance to its
development and is suggesting that, rather than building the
pool at the sports facility in the Three Parks subdivision,
it build it at Northlake.
It has offered some free land and at least $2.5 million
towards the cost.
In her report, Ms Stokes said a stand-alone pool would add
between $400,000 and $2 million to building costs and would
cost more to run.
She recommended the council agree to have staff further
investigate ''the potential and implications'' of an
agreement with Northlake for a four-lane pool and toddler