Only 9 municipal pools open this summer

2019-11-20 06:00

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ACCORDING to the DA spokesperson for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Margaret de Andrade, the James Kleinhans swimming pool in Westering remains a challenge and although it is empty, the pool will be filled for the summer.

De Andrade added, “I have been in contact with the metro’s director of SRAC, Charmaine Williams, and she informed me that another pool will be opened in Newton Park, although there’s challenges regarding repair work.

“There are only 11 out the 21 pools in the entire metro (which includes Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch) opening, according to the Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Standing Committee agenda notes.”

The above mentioned agenda states that the location was considered as part of the criteria to ensure that each cluster has one pool opened.

The pool season annually starts in October, ending the first week in April. However, due to drought conditions, the swimming pools will be opened for a shorter period. Last summer season, 12 pools in the metro were exempted from water restrictions, according to the agenda.

The following pools will be open in PE (summer):

. James Kleinhans pool (Westering);

. New Brighton pool;

. Varsvlei pool (Bethelsdorp);

. Kings Beach middle pool;

. Wells Estate pool;

. Gelvandale pool;

. Motherwell pool;

. Newton Park pool;

. Zwide pool.

The following pools will not be opened in Port Elizabeth due to major maintenance required:

. Algoa Park pool;

. Malabar pool;

. Chatty pool;

. Schauderville pool;

. Trafalgar pool (North End);

. Kwazakhele pool;

. St George’s pool.

However, ward 10 councillor, Andy Jordan, said that although the Gelvandale pool will be open for the summer season, major red flags have been identified. “The pool is not nearly ready to be opened due to major maintenance issues. The cracked tiles and other structural issues around the pool, are safety hazards for children. Workers started to clean the pool and I was informed that the pool will be open the first week in December,” Jordan said.

Baron added that the Bay is in a fortunate position of being a buzzing coastal city with a summer season programme geared towards encouraging activities and participation at the beachfront that include swimming.

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