Concept Plan – Te Huruhi Community Pool
Waiheke Community Pool Inc is proposing a redeveloped Te Huruhi Community Pool to provide year-round, all-day community pool access. We believe this is an achievable and realistic medium-term option for a community pool. Some concept sketches are shown and detailed below.
We are seeking your input via a community survey, which will be open until 7 June. The new concept includes the following elements:
- The existing pool will be widened to accommodate more lanes. This means squaring up the current “L” shaped pool to a full 10.5m wide and retaining its 25m length.
- Pool depth will be increased to a gradual 1.2 to 1.8m gradient.
- A separate learner pool of 10.5m x 8m x 900mm deep will be built.
- The pool will be heated to approx. 27 degrees. The current heating system will be retained and extended with additional heat pumps.
- The pool area will be covered with a retractable roof structure to enable year-round use.
- Separate school and community changing facilities will be used, in the form of containers or prefab structures.
- Separate community access will be via a path from the roadside and in between the Waiheke High and Te Huruhi Primary school boundaries.
- Roadside parking will be available, except during school drop-off and pick-up times.
This proposal hasn’t been fully costed but is expected to cost between $2-3million. The facility will be funded through private sponsorship and community fundraising, assisted by the Waiheke Local Board.
Why is this needed?
Over the years there have been some tremendous fundraising efforts, as well as options for where and what a new indoor pool facility might look like.
In 2019, the Waiheke Local Board engaged Visitor Solutions to complete a feasibility study on three sites on Waiheke (Te Huruhi Primary School, Onetangi Sports Park and 6 Belgium St/7 Waitai Rd Ostend). The study found that while development of a community pool was technically feasible on all three sites investigated, development costs were in excess of $11m and unlikely to be fundable or supported by the Waiheke community.
While an Aquatic Centre of this magnitude would be fantastic for the community – and is still a long-term goal of the Waiheke Community Pool Inc – the capital and operating costs of a facility of this scope seem beyond what is currently achievable.
The existing outdoor Te Huruhi Community Pool is now heated and can be used by the public for around 6 months of the year. A redeveloped pool will allow the pool to be open year-round and throughout the day for public and school use.
Te Huruhi Community Pool Survey
We are asking for your input via the following survey. This will help us understand the current use of the pool and gain community feedback on the concept plan for a redeveloped and upgraded Te Huruhi Community Pool facility.
The survey will be formally presented to the Waiheke Local Board once completed. The survey will remain open until 7 June.