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Swimming Pools

The Future of Pools

Icon SwimmingPoolsOur community love to be in the water whether it’s swimming at the beach, in our rivers, at our community pools or the paddling pool at home.  This conversation is about our two community swimming pools located at Waipukurau and Waipawa, the important role of school pools and how we interact with our natural swimming pools – being the rivers, sea and lakes of the district. While we have an amazing outdoor environment for water-based activity, we also need to have a good plan in place for the future of our swimming pools.  

 

Why are swimming pools important? 

While we are surrounded by outstanding beaches, rivers and lakes, with this comes the need for water safety.  Too many people lose their lives due to preventative drowning each year in Hawke’s Bay. 

Swimming pools provide opportunities for people to feel safe and confident in the water, keep fit and have fun, or become competitive in swimming.  Swimming is a healthy, low impact activity that can be continued for a lifetime from 0 to 100 years plus.  

 

Why are we having this conversation? 

We’ve made some big investment in the Waipawa Pool recently, but we also know we have major investment in the Centralines Pool in Waipukurau in the near future.  Our community is also growing and we need to make sure that we plan and think ahead for this growth.

We are also thinking about what support our community needs to access water to swim and promote water safety, whether it's the local river, the school pool or beach.  

We want to understand what the community’s future role and investment in pools might need to look like for the long term – but also what challenges and support we need to advocate for locally, to see the continued use of school pools and to support other initiatives such as water safety and learn to swim.  

 

What does success look like?  

We’ve done some early thinking and think that success for the future of our pools is to: 

  • Ensure our facilities are future focused and meet the needs of our community now and into the future. 

  • Continue to promote water safety education through the development of confidence and skills gained from both recreational play and learn to swim programmes. 

 

Want to know more? 

To understand more about swimming pools, what we are trying to achieve and who is involved, read our full Discussion Document on swimming pools

 

Let us know your ideas? 

We’re still in the early phases of this work; however, we are keen to hear your ideas to enable water safety and access to water for swimming in Tamatea - Central Hawke’s Bay.  You can do this by completing our online survey or emailing us on thrivingplacesandspaces@chbdc.govt.nz  

 

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