Pool upgrade on way to completion
WORK on the $5 million upgrade of Coffs Harbour’s public swimming pool complex is already about 60 per cent complete.
The project manager for the Coffs Harbour City Council pool redevelopment, Jason Bailey, said he expected work on the structure for the new heated indoor 25m pool to be finished this week, with the steel roof to go on next week.
Pre-cast concrete walls with louvres above them will provide light and ventilation and will complete the street frontage.
Mr Bailey said the excavation work for the new pool was almost complete and workers are about to begin building the myrtha (stainless-steel) pool shell.
The existing 50-metre outdoor pool is on the way to being fully renovated.
A new operating plant, with new pumps and associated equipment, is an important part of the renovation project, as the existing pool and plant was losing thousands of gallons of water through leakages, one of the reasons the renovation project was made a high priority by councillors.
The outdoor pool will continue to be solar-heated and the indoor pool will be heated year-round using a heat pump.
The amenities building and kiosk have been refurbished and a multi-purpose room added.
This will be available for use in training and as an officials’ area during carnivals.
The blue structure, part of which can be seen in the picture above over the safety fence, is part of a substantial shade structure being built over the zero-depth splash pad for children.
The splash pad will include aquatic features.
The complex is due to be re-opened to the public on November 1.
Mr Bailey is nervously watching the weather forecast.
He said some of the very wet weather had occurred at “not ideal times” during work on the project, which had held them up a bit, but hopefully this would not affect the final opening date.
With less than three months to go, a new spell of wet and wild weather could affect progress.