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It’s the end of an era for the former Ashburton Community Pool on walnut Avenue.

A digger, pictured, made short work of razing the pool building to the ground on Tuesday, laying to rest decades of swimming history.

The demolition of the pool is a joint project between Ashburton council and the Ministry of Education, on whose land the pool sits.

Council will contribute $75,000 to cover its portion of the demolition cost, with the Ministry of Education covering the remainder.

The Ashburton Community Pool was officially opened on March 27, 1982, but was closed in May 2015 after the construction of EA Networks Centre.