Olympic Pool the rage as temperatures soar

Whanau days at Ilminster pool a popular alternative for seventh year in a row.

Whanau days at Ilminster pool a popular alternative for seventh year in a row.

HAVING A BALL: Kaia Mill, Iraia Buchanan and Gemma Walker take a cooling dip as the temperature hits 30 degrees. Pictures by Paul Rickard
SLIDE-AWAY: From back, cousins Aisha Ruru, Ashdyn Phillips and Zyrous Ruru enjoy a trip on the hydro slide at Gisborne’s Olympic Pool complex this week.
IN THE SWING: Lahman Robinson swings into action at the Olympic Pool.

WITH plans afoot to start redeveloping the Olympic Pool complex from next year, Gisborne residents and visitors have been making a beeline for the town’s aging hydroslide.

Though there was a slow start to summer weather-wise, Olympic Pool manager Hendrik Geyer said that had not affected the popularity of the pool complex.

“We’ve had a great time. The weather hasn’t always been in people’s favour but when the sun has turned on we’ve had good crowds here and have managed to make sure everyone has a great time.

“When the sun has been out, the outdoor pool water temperature has reached up to 25 degrees.

“Our barbecue areas have been extremely popular, booked out almost every day. The hydroslide, now in its 33rd year, is as popular as ever with locals and visitors.”

The addition of a fifth barbecue area this summer in the children’s pool area had been popular with families.

“These barbecue areas have been booked out days in advance, so people need to book early.”

Mr Geyer said crowd numbers had been at a busy but comfortable level.

“I remember a few years ago we had some days where we approached our comfort level. We have not seen anything like that massive onslaught of people, but summer is very much just beginning.”

Safety

Although there had been no safety issues to date, Mr Geyer praised the sterling work of the pool’s lifeguard team.

“They do a great job in keeping everyone safe. I thank them for the fabulous work they do every day with a smile on their face."

Mr Geyer reminded parents and care-givers that it was their responsibility to supervise children under eight years old at all times.

The Olympic Pool redevelopment is listed as a major project in Gisborne District Council’s 2015-25 Long Term Plan.

A business case to put forward options is expected to be finished later this year and the council has committed to completing the $10.5m project by 2020.

Cooling off in Kaiti

For the seventh summer in a row the Ilminster Intermediate School pool is again open to the public, until the end of the month.

The community open days, co-ordinated by Ka Pai Kaiti, and part funded by Eastland Community Trust and Turanga FM, allow residents to use the Kaiti-based school’s pool facilities between 12 midday and 5pm for a silver coin donation.

“We had a huge whanau day on Wednesday, and will be having another one on the following two Wednesdays on January 18 and January 25,” said Ka Pai Kaiti manager Tuta Ngarimu.

“This includes a DJ with free barbecue and activities.”

ECT general manager Leighton Evans said the trust had been pleased to award a $21,000 grant to Ka Pai Kaiti this summer to continue the trust’s seven-year association with the project.

“Trustees recognised transport and access to recreational facilities like the Olympic Pool and our beaches can be an issue for some families.

“Ka Pai Kaiti and Ilminster Intermediate should be congratulated for identifying the issue and coming up with a simple, sustainable solution that maximises the value of a great asset. To have been doing this for seven years is admirable and we’re very pleased to be able to help out this summer.”

WITH plans afoot to start redeveloping the Olympic Pool complex from next year, Gisborne residents and visitors have been making a beeline for the town’s aging hydroslide.

Though there was a slow start to summer weather-wise, Olympic Pool manager Hendrik Geyer said that had not affected the popularity of the pool complex.

“We’ve had a great time. The weather hasn’t always been in people’s favour but when the sun has turned on we’ve had good crowds here and have managed to make sure everyone has a great time.

“When the sun has been out, the outdoor pool water temperature has reached up to 25 degrees.

“Our barbecue areas have been extremely popular, booked out almost every day. The hydroslide, now in its 33rd year, is as popular as ever with locals and visitors.”

The addition of a fifth barbecue area this summer in the children’s pool area had been popular with families.

“These barbecue areas have been booked out days in advance, so people need to book early.”

Mr Geyer said crowd numbers had been at a busy but comfortable level.

“I remember a few years ago we had some days where we approached our comfort level. We have not seen anything like that massive onslaught of people, but summer is very much just beginning.”

Safety

Although there had been no safety issues to date, Mr Geyer praised the sterling work of the pool’s lifeguard team.

“They do a great job in keeping everyone safe. I thank them for the fabulous work they do every day with a smile on their face."

Mr Geyer reminded parents and care-givers that it was their responsibility to supervise children under eight years old at all times.

The Olympic Pool redevelopment is listed as a major project in Gisborne District Council’s 2015-25 Long Term Plan.

A business case to put forward options is expected to be finished later this year and the council has committed to completing the $10.5m project by 2020.

Cooling off in Kaiti

For the seventh summer in a row the Ilminster Intermediate School pool is again open to the public, until the end of the month.

The community open days, co-ordinated by Ka Pai Kaiti, and part funded by Eastland Community Trust and Turanga FM, allow residents to use the Kaiti-based school’s pool facilities between 12 midday and 5pm for a silver coin donation.

“We had a huge whanau day on Wednesday, and will be having another one on the following two Wednesdays on January 18 and January 25,” said Ka Pai Kaiti manager Tuta Ngarimu.

“This includes a DJ with free barbecue and activities.”

ECT general manager Leighton Evans said the trust had been pleased to award a $21,000 grant to Ka Pai Kaiti this summer to continue the trust’s seven-year association with the project.

“Trustees recognised transport and access to recreational facilities like the Olympic Pool and our beaches can be an issue for some families.

“Ka Pai Kaiti and Ilminster Intermediate should be congratulated for identifying the issue and coming up with a simple, sustainable solution that maximises the value of a great asset. To have been doing this for seven years is admirable and we’re very pleased to be able to help out this summer.”

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