The long awaited new Wanaka swimming pools are beginning construction in January 2016, with a view to completion in 2017.

The pools will be built at the Three Parks subdivision, alongside the new sports facility, which began construction during the winter.

The architectural design by Warren and Mahoney, for the new  Wanaka swimming pools facility has been based on public consultation. This has subsequently been reviewed by an aquatics specialist firm. The facility will feature an 8 lane lap pool, a 20m long and 10m wide learners’ pool, which will double as a leisure pool and a 15 person spa pool.

The total cost of the complex is budgeted as being $12.28 million.

Funding will be a mixture of council contribution from the selling of some local residential land assets, grants from external funding organisations and community fundraising. Wanaka ward rates would also rise by $184 per annum.

The council planned to negotiate with the Cook Brothers Construction company, which was building the Wanaka sports facility, to see if there were benefits to be had in having a single company work on both facilities.

The Wanaka community has lobbied extensively for new swimming pool facilities for some years. Learn to swim for children of the community has been compromised by the temperature and depth of the Plantation road facilities.

In 2014 the existing Wanaka swimming pool facilitates in Plantation road were temporarily closed while earthquake strengthening was undertaken.

A fund raising committee is being established and is headed by our local ward councilors.

UPDATE

Work on the new pool;, to be located beside the sports facility in Three Parks, is set to begin in January 2016, with a finishing date some time early in 2017.