Come December, members of Napier's Greendale Swim Club will have to find a new home. Supplied.
The Greendale pool complex at Taradale Primary School in Napier has been "deemed unsafe" and, at an estimated cost of $2million to repair, will close in December.
Operators, the Greendale Swim Club, announced today that the pool’s building, parts of which are more than 40 years old, had been assessed by engineering experts and found to be “structurally at risk”.
“Recent remedial work has improved safety and extended the life of the building, but beyond December the building will be deemed unsafe,” the club said.
The Swim Club operates the pool under a long term lease from Taradale Primary. The club said Napier City Council was working with club representatives to see how the club’s swimming programmes can be integrated into the Napier Aquatic Centre following the closure.
The council’s Aquatic Strategy, completed last year, presented a general overview of all current indoor and outdoor manmade and natural aquatic facilities within the city boundaries, including the Greendale complex.
“Greendale Swim Club, Taradale Primary School and Napier City Council recognise the impact this closure will have on the community, however the pool cannot stay open beyond December without compromising the safety of swimmers and staff.”
“Taradale Primary School has commissioned an initial assessment of options for reopening the pool. The assessment found that repairs to the existing structure are not practical and the cost of a rebuild would likely exceed $2M, including necessary improvements to the filtration system and related facilities. The school and club will be engaging with the local community to discuss options including whether a fundraising campaign will be launched.”
Napier City Council has been contacted for comment.