Community Pool Update
A new outdoor pool for the Kaikōura community is a big step closer thanks to a $950,000 funding grant. The pool is now closer than ever before with over $2.2million in secured funds, a location chosen and draft designs in place.
Draft designs for the new pool have been created, with a focus on providing for the elderly and for youth. The goal was to design a complex that would serve the needs of the entire community for at least the next 50 years.
The complex includes a 25 x 12m lap pool, a 6m x 8m multi-use learn to swim/hydrotherapy pool and a beach entry toddler pool as well as changing rooms, toilets, a small office and outdoor tiered seating.
Trust Chairman John Wyatt said,
“This funding is such a huge step forward and the Trust and the community are really grateful to Lotteries for it. Building a new pool is now very much going to happen and it’s a real privilege to be working towards creating something that will improve the wellbeing of our youth, our elderly and our entire community."
"if all goes to plan and we manage to secure the funds we need, we hope that construction may be able to start towards the end of 2020 and an outdoor pool to be open for the 2020/2021 summer swimming season”
Over the next few months, the draft designs will be developed further and key financial and land lease arrangements will be completed. Details for sponsorship and donations in kind are now being finalised and should be ready by November.
The decision to build the new pool on Scarborough Street behind Innovative Waste was made after a lot of careful consideration and debate. The Trust rated all available pieces of council land based on several criteria and considered ideas from the community gathered over 2016-2019 including the work from the Sport Recreational Leadership Team, the Combined Sports Groups and feedback from Council’s annual plan process.
The site provides plenty of space for parking, future development and expansion, easy connections to local walking and cycling tracks and stunning views. Funding is already being sought for community BBQs, sinks, shading and seating areas, native planting and improvements to walkways and cycleways in the area.
All work on the pools to date is part of stage one of the longer term project to build an indoor aquatic centre. Later stages will add a building and an heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to convert the pools into an indoor aquatic centre.
The Kaikōura Community Charitable Trust recently secured $950,000 from the Lottery Earthquake Facility Fund.
Over $50,000 has also been raised through community fundraising events. This includes over $12,000 raised at the Kaikōura Hop over the 21st and 22nd September.
Adding the $1million of funding from the Council, total secured funding is now just over $2.2million.
The total estimated cost for the pools is $3.7million. With $2.2million secured, the Trust is now concentrating on raising a further $1.5 million by mid-2020.
$1.15million of funding grants will be sought over 2019/2020, leaving the community with $350,000 to raise through sponsorship, fundraising and in-kind support.
Get involved: Contribute at any time to the Give a little page or show your support by helping at any of the upcoming fundraising events.
Check out the Kaikōura Community Pool Facebook page to stay up to date with all the fundraising events and activities, and to find out how you can get involved.
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Find out more: Head to the Swimming Pool Rebuild page to find out more and see the background documents for this project.
11 October 2020