Palmerston North City Council took over the ownership and management of the pool from the Ministry of Education late last year.
Over the last six months, part of the heating system has been upgraded, new showers have been installed in the changing rooms, two of the pools have been resealed and repainted and the ventilation has been upgraded. The interior has also been painted to create a fun environment for the facility.
An opening celebration is being held at the pool at midday next Saturday with a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle and free swimming for everyone.
As part of its relaunch, Council asked Ashhurst residents to vote whether it should keep the name Ashhurst Community Pool, or revert back to its original name – Splashhurst.
There were more than 500 votes, with close to 80 per cent voting in favour of Splashhurst.
Council’s Parks and Reserves Manager, Kathy Dever-Tod, says it’s exciting Ashhurst will soon have its much-loved pool operating.
“The pool is a key part of the Ashhurst Village and we can’t wait for the community to be able to come together and enjoy it once again. The pool will be for everyone with general use, classes, and a swim school.”
The pool will be operated by Community Leisure Management, the same organisation that manages the Lido and Freyberg Pools. It will be open Tuesday to Saturday.
Dever-Tod says the pool will be closed to the public between 11am and 1pm Tuesday to Thursday to ensure Ashhurst School can use it exclusively.
“As a Council, we are looking at ways to help get children in our community become more confident in the water. Giving the school exclusive access is a way we can ensure Ashhurst children can do just that.”
Swimming for preschoolers and their supervising adult will be free at Splashhurst from 1 July as part of a year-long Council trial.