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Earthquake Repairs Scheduled for Christchurch Pools
Christchurch City Council's swimming pools at QEII, Pioneer and Centennial Recreation and Sport Centres will undergo repair work this year to correct damage caused by the September earthquake.
John Filsell, the Council Recreation and Sports Unit Manager says while the repair work is essential, safety and minimum disruption to customers is a top priority.
Filsell explained that "we're fortunate that the pools weren't affected too badly. However, there is damage that needs to be repaired and the only way we can do this is to drain the pools.
"Unfortunately it's not a job that can be done overnight. The repairs have been scheduled to include routine maintenance and we anticipate each pool being complete and back to business as usual within about four weeks."
Filsell says the damage doesn't affect current pool use or safety of pool users and customers can continue to use the pools in the usual way, until each temporary closure.
"By only closing one pool at a time, we will ensure there will always be alternative pools and swim services available to our customers."
Those signed up to a pool membership at Pioneer and Centennial will have the option to either extend their membership for the duration of the pool closures or to switch to a multi-membership while the work is carried out. QEII will only close one pool at a time and alternative swim spaces will be provided in the remaining pools to accommodate each closure.
Customers are advised that the repair work will only affect pool activity and that all other non-water based activities and fitness classes will continue to operate as normal.
Filsell adds that "we understand this will cause some disruption to our customers and welcome anyone who is concerned about where to swim while their regular pool is closed, to get in touch and we will help advise of the best temporary alternative."
The 2011 closure dates are as follows:
Atlantis leisure pool: closes (5pm) 6th February - reopens 7th March.
50 metre international pool: closes (5pm) 10th April - reopens 16th May.
The Atlantis teaching pool: closes 2nd May - reopens 9th May.
Dive Well: closes 16th May - reopens 17th June.
Pioneer Leisure pool
25 metre pool, spa, sauna and steam room: closes 4th July - reopens 1st August.
Centennial Leisure pool
25 metre pool, spa, sauna and steam room: closes 25th September - reopens 24th October.
For more information go to www.ccc.govt.nz/cityleisure/recreationsport/facilities/index.aspx
Image: QEII Park
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4th August 2008 - JELLIE PARK RE-OPENS
4th November 2009 - SCHOOL SWIMMING POOL CLOSURES RISING
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