Making a splash


Paraparaumu locals Jonty (7) at left with Tom (5) show off their teddy bear portraits.
Paraparaumu locals Jonty (7) at left with Tom (5) show off their teddy bear portraits.

Whatever the weather this winter, you can always take a splash at Ōtaki Pool! Ōtaki Pool is a community facility catering for all ages and aquatic abilities and is the perfect place for a paddle.

Recreation Services Manager Brent Harvey says there is a lot on offer at the pool — anyone can take part in lessons, have a leisurely swim or just enjoy relaxing poolside while the kids or grandkids take a dip.

This month there was the perfect opportunity with the teddy’s bear picnic event, where a good group turned out to share a picnic, have their ‘paw traits’ taken and bring their teddies to the pool. The fun and festivities didn’t stop there, with pool staff tickled pink to see patrons embracing a Pink Ribbon breakfast fundraising for breast cancer as well. “It was great to see such a wonderful bunch getting behind the worthy cause with a bite to eat and some stellar fundraising efforts,” Mr Harvey says.

More exciting plans are afoot for the facility this year with the pool’s redevelopment and the building of a free, publicly-accessible Splash Pad next to the pool scheduled to start in October.

The pool will be closed for about eight months while work is carried out and during this time Ōtaki residents will be able to swim for free at the Council’s pools in Waikanae and the Coastlands Aquatic Centre in Paraparaumu.

“We’re excited to be modernising the pool complex this year, which is a key initiative in our FutureKāpiti Long term plan 2015–35,” Mr Harvey says. “More design details and a clearer timeline will be available later this year — watch this space!”