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Public pools to reopen with limited services

Wednesday May 13 2020

Palmerston North’s swimming pools will reopen over the next week, but with some limited services to ensure all users stay safe.

Community Leisure Management (CLM), the operators of the Lido, Freyberg and Splashhurst, have been working around the clock to ensure the facilities can reopen in Level 2.

The pools will open with only limited services

The Lido’s 25m pool sauna and steamroom will open tomorrow morning, Thursday 14 May. The other pools at the complex are likely to open next week, once maintenance work is completed.

CLM hopes to have the spa pool heated and ready to go by 6am on Friday 15 May.

The pool used for swimming lessons has been relined during level 3, and has some final touches that are required before it can be re-filled. When CLM began to fill the leisure pool this week, they discovered a leak, so that is being repaired and will likely be ready next week.

Freyberg’s pools will all reopen on Thursday 14 May, and Splashhurst’s 25m pool will open on Tuesday 19 May, with the toddler pool to follow during the week as maintenance work is finished.

Leisure services will be limited

Due to the need to maintain physical distancing only group bookings will be allowed outside of lane swimming and spa pool usage. All swimmers will need to register online at the pool websites, first for contact tracing, and will be given a card for future use. CLM is asking all swimmers to come to the pools in their swimwear, and go home in them, to limit the use of changing rooms.

Swimming lessons and group fitness will resume

Swimming lessons will resume at Freyberg tomorrow, Thursday 14 May, at the Lido on Monday 18 May and Splashhurst next Saturday, 23 May. To ensure we keep to Level 2 guidelines, children should only be accompanied to lessons by one person and should wear togs to and from the pool.

Chill-out school programme and gym will also reopen

The after and before school programmes will be up and running again next week providing childcare options for people returning to work. The gym at the Lido will reopen tomorrow, but with reduced hours, strict physical distancing and hygiene rules.

More information available for swimmers on CLM website

CLM is getting in touch with all members, swimming lessons, group exercise, before and after school programmes and gym users today to give more detail about the services and the restrictions under Alert Level 2. You can also find more information on its websites here:

Council commends CLM for speedy response

Palmerston North City Council Chief Infrastructure Officer, Tom Williams, says CLM has really stepped up for our community during Covid-19

“As well as continuing to employ all 130 staff, CLM has acted quickly to get some planned upgrades done during level 3 while the facilities were closed, and had ensured the pools can all reopen at speed. Its plans for contact tracing and physical distancing measures, which include innovative online check-ins, can give our community great confidence about how seriously they’re taking the health and wellbeing of our residents.”