Friday, 30 October 2020


Upgrade work almost complete at Mercury Bay Community Pool

Work is expected to continue on an extensive upgrade of the Mercury Bay Community Swimming Pool for at least another three weeks.

Gary Hinds from the Mercury Bay Community Swimming Pool Trust said the work, which is funded by Thames-Coromandel District Council, was delayed significantly due to COVID-19. “The plan was to start as soon as we closed for the end of the season earlier this year, but that just wasn’t possible,” he said. “Then the recent Auckland lockdown caused a further delay of four to six weeks because we could not get the tiles to Whitianga. It is unfortunate, but we are working as quickly as we can and we are aiming for as early as possible in November for an opening date.”

The work includes raising the rim of the pool by 150ml which will increase the depth making it more user-friendly, in particular for lane swimming and for those who train and compete at the facility. “We have also upgraded the pump system which is going to make maintenance much easier,” Gary said. “Most of the construction has now been done. The tiling will be finished this week and then we need to paint the whole pool to really freshen it up and have it looking great for the start of the season.”

New starting blocks have also been purchased for use during competitions. “It has been a few years since we’ve done any updates, so it’s great to be able to get this done so we can make coming to the pool and even more enjoyable experience for everyone in the community,” Gary said.

The pool is located at Mercury Bay Area School.


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