Whakatane to receive $200K for Outdoor Pool Upgrade

Whakatane's Aquatic Centre has received a 200-thousand dollar grant for its outdoor pool upgrade.

The grant will go towards the council's proposed covered structure over the Aquatic Centre's 33-metre heated outdoor pool.

Whakatane District Council is one of four successful applicants in BayTrust's inaugural Community Amenities funding round which is designed to help pay for building or upgrading community and environmental assets across the region.

General Manager Mike Naude says a new roof and walls will be made from PVC and supported by a steel frame. Solar heating will also be installed to supplement the existing gas water heating system and help offset the additional running costs of keeping the pool open all year rather than its current October to April season.

He says there’s growing demand for indoor pool lane space from swimming and other water sports clubs, aquasize classes, and the wider community. Enclosing the outdoor pool is the best way to resolve this problem.

Sam Gardner