Saturday swimming returns

Cromwell swimmers (from left) Hope Oldham (8), Emma Connell (5) and Christian Oldham (6) are...
Cromwell swimmers (from left) Hope Oldham (8), Emma Connell (5) and Christian Oldham (6) are happy the Cromwell pool is reopening on Saturdays. Photo by Lynda Van Kempen.
Cromwell's swimming pool is open again on Saturdays now that extra people have been employed to staff the facility.

The pool closed on Saturdays a month ago because of staff shortages, and Cromwell Community Board chairman Neil Gillespie said he had been fielding calls from people angry the opening hours had been cut.

Central Otago District Council community development manager Mathew Begg said yesterday a couple of extra staff had now been employed at the pool.

"That's meant we can reopen again on Saturdays," Mr Begg said.

A lack of trained lifeguards in the area was the reason for the cutback in pool hours originally.

Beth Phelps, of Cromwell, who was at the pool yesterday with her daughter and a friend's children, said she was pleased Saturday swimming would resume.

"It's good we can go there again on Saturdays, especially with winter coming up," Ms Phelps said.

The redeveloped pool complex was officially opened in May last year and then closed from June through to November after it was badly smoke-damaged in an electrical fire.

The redevelopment cost more than $3 million and included a 2m-deep lap pool, therapeutic pool, spa pool, and children's paddling pool.


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