Kaikōura Community Pool
Kaikōura's only community pool closed in 2016 after it was damaged by the earthquake. The Kaikoura Community Charitable Trust is now leading a project to build a new indoor community pool over the next 4 years. Council is supporting the Trust by donating the land, $1 million in capital funding and contributing up to $250k per year to the operating costs.
This page contains key information about the project
Draft Pool design
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.
The new pools will be built on the Scarborough St (South) recreation reserve located behind Innovative Waste. 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 several consultations.
The Council is separately developing plans to close and cap the landfill and redesign the neighbouring Innovative Waste resource recovery centre and landfil by 2021. The closure, capping and redesign are expected to greatly reduce the visibility, noise and odour. Read more about this
The Kaikoura Community Charitable Trust trustees are; Mayor Winston Gray, Mark Fissenden, John Diver, John Wyatt, Toni Batey, Rosie Clemett and Craig Mackle.
Youth representatives are Owen Thornton and Petra Jellyman.
The core team is supported by ‘friends of the pool’ who lead fundraising efforts; Emma Fissenden, Sueann Jones, Justine Schroder.
Council and the Trust developed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement outlining how they will work together.
Local swimming facilities
- 'Pools in Schools' temporary pool: 10mx4m
- Available for public use, during the summer
(mid-October to the end of March)
- Heated to 26⁰ and covered by a marquee
- Location: on the Kaikōura Primary School netball courts
(enter off the Esplanade)
- Contact: Sport Tasman Kaikōura
Kaikōura Primary School
- Kaikōura Primary School pool: 11x5m
- Covered and heated
- Contact: Kaikōura Primary School - 03 319 5440
- Dusky Lodge pool
- 67 Beach Rd
- Outdoor and heated
- Available to non-guests $5 per swim
- Contact: Dusky Lodge - 03 319 5959
Council are supporting the community to build a new indoor pool in the following ways;
- Contributing up to a total of $1million in capex towards a new pool across the 2018/19-2020/21 financial years, including $300k of insurance proceeds.
- Contributing up to $250k per annum in operating costs once the new pool is operational.
- Partnering with and supporting the Trust throughout this process.
A detailed monthly update to Council can be found within each months agenda. Agendas can be found here.
Shorter summary updates can be found below
- DRAFT KCPWG 6 month Project Plan (March 2019)
- Amberley Community Pool at a glance (March 2019)
- Lawrence Community Pool at a glance (March 2019)
- Mosgiel Community Pool at a glance (March 2019)
- Waiau Community Pool at a glance (March 2019)
- Swimming Pool Decision - Council Paper (December 2018)
- Indoor Pool Proposal - SRRLT (December 2018)
- Combined Sports Pool and Hall Proposal (December 2018)
- Sports Hub feasibility study (September 2018)
- Pool Feasibility Study (October 2017)
The Kaikōura Community Pool, previously known as the Lions Pool, was located on the Esplanade until it was damaged by the November 2016 earthquake. Planning for this pool started in 1966 and it was fundraised for and built by 1970. On 07 March 1970 it was opened by Peter Snell.
The pool project was a Lions and community joint project, with a paid coordinator being employed to prepare for, and supervise the working bees that occurred every Wednesday and Saturday. Bernie Brown and Bryan Seddon did an excellent job at rostering the largely unskilled and fully voluntary labour force that worked together to construct the pool.
Fundraising was collected through a variety of different avenues and community events - scrap iron sales, raffles for an Aston Greathead painting and a pony from Paul Harnett, as well as a grant from the Canterbury Education Board for $4000.
The changing rooms and toddler pool was a later addition to the facility and Kaikōura Lions Club also built planter boxes out of railway sleepers to beautify the swimming pool area.
The Lions Pool served the community for many years until 2016 when the earthquake damaged the facility. Council and the community are now working towards a new pool for the community.
*Many thanks to Lions member Melville Symes who provided Council with this information.
11 October 2019