Community Swimming Pool Update

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On 24 March Council set up an Emergency COVID-19 Response Committee, this enabled Council to make decisions during the lockdown. The first Committee meeting was held on 9 April and approved the application to lease a section of the Scarborough Street South Recreation Reserve to the Kaikōura Community Charitable Trust in order to build, and manage, an aquatic centre (new community pool).

The application was made under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987. The Council controls and manages the proposed site as part of the Kaikōura Recreation Reserve, and under delegation from the Minister of Conservation can grant a concession lease under the Conservation Act 1987.

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The decision to build the new pool on Scarborough Street behind Innovative Waste was made after community consultation as part of the Annual Plan 2019/2020.  Council is separately developing plans to close and cap the landfill and redesign the neighbouring Innovative Waste resource recovery centre and landfill. The capping and redesign are expected to greatly reduce the visibility, noise and odour.

The site provides plenty of space for parking, future development and expansion, easy connections to local walking and cycling tracks and stunning views. Funding has also been secured for community BBQs, sinks, shading and seating areas, native planting and improvements to walkways and cycleways in the area.

Pool design

Good progress continues to be made on work towards building a new outdoor pool for the community by 2021. Stage 2 will be to convert the new pools to indoor.

Stage 1 (outdoor pools) is expected to cost approximately $3.8million. Around $2.6 million has been secured. Funding applications are underway for $.8million.

Detailed design is now underway and is expected to take until the end of March. Procurement is expected over June and July with a goal of starting construction by late 2020. 

The complex includes a 25 x 12m lap pool, a 6m x 10m 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.  

See the draft designs

Fundraising and Sponsorship

The pool team are looking to raise $350,000 in sponsorship and community fundraising. Around $80,000 of this target has already been raised.

Mark Fissenden and Mayor Craig Mackle are leading the sponsorship efforts.

Read the sponsorship document

Donations of any amount are welcome to the Kaikoura Community Charitable Trust Board Account number 03-1586-0093009-001 

Because the trust is a registered charitable trust, all donations are tax deductable. Read more about this here.  

Get involved: 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.  

Get in touch: 

Email Pool Project Coordinator

Email the Trust

Find out more: Head to the Swimming Pool Rebuild page to find out more and see the background documents for this project.

Recent updates: 

15 April 2020