Is the Taiora QE2 pool too cold?

Do you think the temperature in the 25m lane pool at Taiora QE2 is too cold? Email your views in...
Do you think the temperature in the 25m lane pool at Taiora QE2 is too cold? Email your views in 200 words or less to Photo: Newsline
A poll on social media has attracted more than 500 responses from residents, with the majority stating the pool temperature at Taiora QE2 is too cold.

The poll was posted on Facebook in eastern community groups about the 25m lane pool after the temperature was discussed during a Waitai Coastal-Burwood Community Board meeting.

The pool sits at a temperature of 27.5 deg C, while other pools around the city range from 26.7-28 deg C.

People who live in the eastern suburbs took to the polls, saying the temperature was too cold.

Some said they have switched to other facilities like Te Pou Toetoe and Graham Condon, which have 25m lane pools at 28 deg C.

However, Christchurch City Council head of recreation, sports and events Nigel Cox said pool temperatures are based on users preferences, with competitive swimmers liking lower temperatures, while low intensity swimmers prefer warmer temperatures.

Cox said if the pool temperature was too warm it would cause competitive swimmers to sweat more and possibly get headaches.

He said the temperature won’t be adjusted at this stage.

Kelly Barber.
Kelly Barber.
Community board chair Kelly Barber said the board was happy with the response from city council staff after inquiring about the temperature.

“It’s a bit like how long is a piece of string, it’s hard to know what some people find cold and what others don’t,” he said.

“It was a simple case of understanding the temperature range and it’s not so different from other pools.”

Barber said if people aren’t happy with the temperature they should let pool staff know.

However, community board member Linda Stewart said the temperature is too cold, particularly for aqua joggers.

“It’s too damn cold ... I’m concerned about this, our locals are going elsewhere,” she said.

Stewart said she’s worried users who have left to go to other pools won’t return again once winter ends.

“This is our community facility, it was built as a community facility,” she said.


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