Pool closing for $1m maintenance work

    Invercargill's Splash Palace will close for maintenance work in June.

    ONE OF Invercargill’s most popular attractions will close for an undetermined time to carry out $1 million in maintenance work mid-year.

    The Invercargill City Council (ICC) confirmed it planned to close Splash Palace in June to carry out necessary maintenance work at the facility.

    ICC group manager leisure and recreation Steve Gibling said there was no estimation of time for completion of the work.

    However, ICC allocated a budget of about $1 million for this maintenance within the council’s long-term plan, he said.

    While he said the last time the facility closed was in December 2009, last year ICC had to close its new main attractions – the hydroslides – because of structural issues three months after its opening.

    “While there will be an impact on our pool users, we need to do this important work to maintain our much-loved facility.”

    The work will include painting, replacing the bulkhead in the 50m pool and installing a new flooring system to make the entry into the pool safer and more comfortable for users in the shallow end of the leisure pool.

    As some of these pools will have to be emptied, Mr Gibling said they would take the opportunity to carry out other key maintenance work at the same time, such as pump servicing, pipe repairs and replacement, and chemical and heating systems maintenance.

    ICC would be unable to keep the facility open to carry out this work without compromising the health, safety and experience of users.

    “But we expect that the work will be done before the July school holidays,” he said.

    “We’re so pleased to be able to keep our pools safe and beautiful, and we’re happy to have been able to arrange a time to do this work over the colder months when it’s quieter.”

    Three companies tendered for this work, with the company awarded earlier this year.

    However, an ICC spokeswoman said it did not hold information about how long the works were expected to take as it was very early in the process.