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Mount Hot Pools to close for makeover

An artist’s impression of the Mount Hot Pools external facade upgrade.

The Mount Hot Pools will be closing their doors for scheduled maintenance and an upgrade to their external façade in late January.

The upgrade will align the external appearance of the facility with its reputation as a high-quality Mount Maunganui destination.

The new façade will include illuminated signage to increase visibility, seating for passing visitors, a Pou and a segment of palisade fencing to acknowledge the cultural significance of the land on which the facility resides.

The pools will be closed from January 25 for 10 weeks.

Bay Venues Ltd, the caretaker of the Mount Hot Pools, have been in discussions with mana whenua to co-design aspects of it.

Bay Venues is also using the time to undertake scheduled maintenance to the facility.

February and March are the quietest months at the Mount Hot Pools says Bay Venues interim CEO Justine Brennan.

“While it’s a busy time for The Mount, we find most visitors and locals head to the beach rather than soak in the hot pools in hot weather, so our patronage over this time is over 40 per cent less than the winter months.

“It’s the perfect time to close our doors to undertake the façade update, along with essential maintenance work on this outdoor facility that ensures we are ready for our busy winter months.”

The Mount Hot Pools will re-open in time for the busy Easter and April school holiday period. The length of the closure will allow for important remedial and maintenance work to the facility as part of the pools’ three to four yearly aquatic closure schedule.

Maintenance work includes resurfacing of the children’s pool, a new shade sail over a seated section of the active pool, and planned maintenance to the plant room, pool and bore pump and pools themselves, which requires the operating system of the facility to be off and the pools to be emptied for an extended period.

Underground pipes will also be replaced following the discovery of leaks which has led to water loss and could result in colder pools in winter due to complying with geothermal bore pool heating resource consent thresholds.

“It’s essential we close for 10 weeks to undertake the plant room and bore pump maintenance, as well as remedy the pipe leaks which have resulted due to incorrect substrate being laid underneath the pipes pre-Bay Venues ownership.” says Justine.

“We are the kaitiaki of this facility and though the length of the closure may attract some criticism, it’s in the best interest of the facility and future visitors that we undertake these works now to mitigate the risk of unplanned outages and potentially cold pools in winter.

“The Mount Hot Pools project will allow us to continue providing a high level of customer service to the Tauranga community and visitors to the region.”

 

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@Johnney

Posted on 12-01-2021 12:12 | By morepork

I love these pools and frequent them all year round. Unfortunately, there has been some very bad mismanagement in the past, but the person largely responsible has now moved on. They are currently well managed and pleasant to go to. It is better to get them fixed properly than to keep on making repairs over a long period of time. As a Ratepayer, I share your concern, but a facelift is much better than the grandiose $20 million plan that was being suggested a while back. It would have become an elitist club for business people and expense account holders. We should be glad we have these pools and support them.

More money

Posted on 11-01-2021 20:39 | By Johnney

So what wallys gave the wrong spec for wrong substrate for the pipes to fail. Some overpaid consultant no doubt. Are we duly concerned about the facade and signage. We should be more concerned about more ratepayers money being squandered.