Call for a concession card at Olympic Pool

A concession pricing system is needed to counter falling attendance at the Olympic Pool, says a representative of the facility’s aqua-fitness class.

Karen Tait told Gisborne District Council’s community development and services committee that price increases were beyond the budget of some of their members.

Participant numbers had “dropped off’’ since the price rose to $6.80 a session. That was similar to such facilities elsewhere but that included access to spa pools, steam rooms and hydroslides. Other centres also gave concession prices.

Most year-long users of the Olympic Pool were pensioners or from Green Prescription, she said.

Some users qualified for a cheaper rate because they were involved in sports as a volunteer. Others were involved in organisations such as Brownies, St John, Hospice Tairawhiti and others but did not qualify.

“You only have to lose two or three participants each session to have an impact on the classes.

She suggested a concession card as the answer, pointing out that a similar system in Napier did not result in a decrease in users.



A concession pricing system is needed to counter falling attendance at the Olympic Pool, says a representative of the facility’s aqua-fitness class.

Karen Tait told Gisborne District Council’s community development and services committee that price increases were beyond the budget of some of their members.

Participant numbers had “dropped off’’ since the price rose to $6.80 a session. That was similar to such facilities elsewhere but that included access to spa pools, steam rooms and hydroslides. Other centres also gave concession prices.

Most year-long users of the Olympic Pool were pensioners or from Green Prescription, she said.

Some users qualified for a cheaper rate because they were involved in sports as a volunteer. Others were involved in organisations such as Brownies, St John, Hospice Tairawhiti and others but did not qualify.

“You only have to lose two or three participants each session to have an impact on the classes.

She suggested a concession card as the answer, pointing out that a similar system in Napier did not result in a decrease in users.



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