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Sport BOP supports Ōpōtiki pool cover feasibility study

Friday, November 26, 2021

Ōpōtiki College in partnership with Sport Bay of Plenty and Sport NZ, and with support from Ōpōtiki District Council, are completing an initial investigation into the need and feasibility of installing a cover on the multi-purpose sports turf and the swimming pool, which are both located at the college.

Pool lanes

The purpose will be to increase the availability of these facilities for the school and the wider community and allow more opportunity for the provision of sport, recreation and play. The working group stresses, however, that the need and feasibility study is just one of numerous steps in determining if the project will go ahead. The condition assessment of the current pool is the first of these steps in determining how far the project progresses.

The College Director of Sports, Danny Porte, hopes that by covering or partially covering the sports turf and pool, the facilities will be more accessible to users and encourage increased participation in sport and recreation activities. These improvements could accommodate extended seasons, longer hours and provide protection from the weather.

Duncan Pearce, the BOP Spaces and Places Lead working with the school says, "Sport Bay of Plenty is committed to the process outlined in the Spaces and Places Strategy 2021-23 as a best-practice model for making informed decisions about investment and provision of sport and recreation facilities across the Bay of Plenty."

The Bay of Plenty Spaces and Places Strategy provides a high-level strategic framework for regional sport and recreation spaces and places (facility) planning in the Bay of Plenty region.

Find out more about the Spaces and Places strategy

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