Over the next two years, some eagerly-awaited upgrades and earthquake repairs are being carried out in stages at Jellie Park and Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centres.

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As well as repairs, strengthening and general refurbishments, Jellie Park is getting a replacement indoor hydroslide and Pioneer is getting replacement water toys for the leisure pool area.

Opening hours at Waltham Pool and at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre are being extended to provide more opportunity for swimmers. For the duration of the repairs, both outdoor pools will be open 6am to 8pm.

The first phase of work will be carried out in stages across both centres over the next 18 months. 

If you have any questions, please email recandsport@ccc.govt.nz

Both Pioneer and Jellie Park will remain open throughout the repairs and upgrades, although some areas will be closed in stages to keep disruption to a minimum.

To ensure you have access to all facilities at all times, any service that is closed at Jellie Park or Pioneer will be offered in a different Council Recreation and Sport Centre.

Members can use any of the Council’s Recreation and Sport Centres for no extra cost, even if it is not their local centre.

Timetable

Closure date Pioneer Jellie Park
Indoor stadium 16 December 2017 to 31 January 2018 N/A
Teaching pool 18 December 2017 to 7 January 2018 Summer 2018/2019
Indoor hydroslide N/A January 2018 to May 2018
Fitness centre TBC N/A
Recreation pool area 4 December 2017 to April 2018  Summer 2018/2019
Spa, steam room, sauna 4 December 2017 to April 2018 8 January 2018 to March 2018
Pool changing rooms 4 December 2017 to April 2018 TBC
Reception TBC (completed by April 2018) TBC
Outdoor pool and hydroslide N/A May to October 2018
Outdoor area N/A May to October 2018
Sport pool 4 December 2017 to April 2018 After July 2020
Toilets TBC (including stairs) TBC

If you have concerns about the use of your membership during the repair period please see our customer services team for options. Any membership freeze would be in addition to your normal freeze entitlements.

More information

Fitness centre

Pioneer

The Pioneer fitness centre closure for upgrade and repairs will take place in 2018 after the pool upgrade and repairs at a date to be confirmed. Fitness members can continue to use the fitness centres at other Recreation and Sport Centres(external link) during the closure. If you are unable to use another facility's fitness centre, please contact the Pioneer customer services team.

Jellie Park

There will be a temporary closure of the Jellie Park fitness centre and fitness studio at a date to be confirmed. All multi and fitness members can continue to use other Recreation and Sport Centres(external link) during the closure. If you are unable to use another facility's fitness centre, please contact the Jellie Park customer services team.

Pools

Pioneer

Pioneer’s pools are being repaired this summer. Pioneer Multi members can continue using the Jellie Park and Graham Condon aquatic facilities and the Council’s outdoor summer pools(external link). If you are unable to use these pools, please contact the Pioneer customer services team.

Opening hours at Waltham Pool and at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre are being extended to provide more opportunity for swimmers. For the duration of the repairs, both outdoor pools will be open 6am to 8pm.

Jellie Park

Jellie Park pools will operate as usual this summer, but the spa, sauna and steam room are closed from 8 January 2018 to March 2018.

Concession card holders

Pool concession card holders can continue to use any other Council aquatic facilities during closures. If you are unable to use these pools, please contact your facility's customer services team.

Swimsmart

Pioneer

Changes to Pioneer Swimsmart classes include:

  • all parent-child, preschool and school-age lessons up to Sharks level will be held in Pioneer's Teach Pool.
  • there will be a limited number of Tigersharks lessons held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays in the Teach Pool.
  • Customers that usually have lessons in the lane pool (Tigersharks, Barracudas, Marlins and squads) have the following options:
    1. attend classes at the Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre outdoor pool(external link) which will be held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.
    2. transfer into the Swimsmart programme at Jellie Park or Graham Condon(external link) for the period of closure (subject to availability).
    3. freeze their membership for the period of closure.

Customers will be contacted to confirm their preferred option or can email their preference to swimsmart@ccc.govt.nz

Jellie Park

No change to Swimsmart programmes. 

Aqua Fit Classes

Pioneer

A reduced Pioneer Aqua Fit timetable will operate temporarily at Waltham Pool(external link)(external link). If Aqua Fit concession card holders are unable to attend these classes, please contact the Pioneer customer services team.

Jellie Park

Multi members and Aqua Fit concession card holders can continue attending the Jellie Park and Graham Condon(external link)(external link) Aqua Fit classes.

About the repairs

How long will the repairs take?

Repairs start at Pioneer on Monday 4 December 2017 and at Jellie Park on Monday 11 December 2017.

The first phase of work will be carried out in stages over the next 18 months across both centres. It is expected that the first phase will be complete by December 2019. The next phase is scheduled to begin after July 2020.

Both Jellie Park and Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centres will remain open throughout, although some areas will be closed in stages to keep disruption to a minimum. 

Why now?

After the 2010/2011 earthquakes the Council carried out engineering assessments that showed both centres had suffered minor damage but were considered safe and could remain open for public use.

Due to the need for Recreation and Sport Centres to support the community following the earthquakes, both centres have remained open with occasional shutdowns for building maintenance. The Council is now in a position to carry out the remaining earthquake repairs.

What is being repaired and upgraded?

Works for both facilities include:

  • Complete earthquake repairs – fixing cracks and damage, painting, and repairs to flooring, walls and ceiling
  • Both facilities are being strengthened to New Zealand Building Code standards
  • Upgraded fire systems
  • Replacement of the wet area flooring with a non-slip, hardwearing material
  • Repair of pools (painting, crack repair, tiling, lighting, structural strengthening)
  • Replacement indoor hydroslide at Jellie Park
  • Repair of the wave chamber at Pioneer
  • Repair and replacement of water toys at the Pioneer leisure pool
  • Improved air conditioning in pool areas
  • Improved water quality turnover rates, and a review of current filtration systems
  • Refurbished changing rooms (replaced tiles, paint, new toilet units, showers etc. and improved accessibility)
  • Improvements to the fitness and group fitness areas (paint, lighting, sound system and air conditioning).