The Pool’s Open! (but not for swimming yet)

The Dudley Park Aquatic Centre is now officially open.  The Prime Minister, who was supposed to do the job, was called back to Wellington urgently but Hon Kate Wilkinson MP did a great job in filling in for him – obviously at short notice.

The longest and loudest applause was, however, given to Pool Committee chair Joan Ward in recognition of the huge community effort that has gone into both the fundraising and the earlier political effort to turn around the determination of most councillors to delay and scale back the project.

What we have now is a wide 25m pool, with each lane wide enough for lap swimmers to go up and down within it, a great learners’ pool, and, a first for the District, a leisure pool (pictured at right).

The pool is not quite ready.  The main task is make sure the balance of chemicals, etc in the water is right.

It is expected that it will be open to the public around 13 March, although a couple of primary schools will have their sports there before that.


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