Swimming Pools

11 January 2011

With the forecast of a long, hot summer in Wellington, why not spend some time with family and friends at one of our swimming pools.

Mothers and babies in a swimming pool.

Mothers and babies in a swimming pool.

All of the Council's pools are open over summer except Freyberg Pool, which is closed for maintenance until Monday 24 January. Five of the seven pools are normally open to the public 364 days a year. The only day they close is Christmas Day.

Our two outdoor pools - Thorndon, which is heated, and Khandallah - are open over the summer months.

Last year, there were 1.3 million visits to our pools with 52 percent of Wellington residents reporting that they had used a pool in the past 12 months.

Our pools use about 100,000 cubic metres of water every year, enough to fill the main 50m pool at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre 26 times. To maintain water quality, we replace 30 litres of pool water with fresh water for every swimmer, each day.

In total, we have budgeted $13 million to operate and maintain our pools this financial year.

Recreation manager Julian Todd says the Council is assessing the aquatic needs of the city for the next 10 years.

"We are also about to begin construction on a new hydrotherapy pool at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre and a new teaching pool at Karori Pool," he says.

"We are also conducting feasibility work on improvements to Keith Spry Pool and Thorndon Pool."