Pool project completed

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The new honours board was unveiled at the official pool opening.

Upgrades to the pool and swimming facilities at Lauriston School have been recognised at an official opening ceremony.

Pupils, the wider school community and a number of local businesses and families who have supported the impressive pool facelift turned out in bright sunshine to celebrate the completion of the project on Friday afternoon.

Ashburton Mayor Donna Favel cut the ribbon to officially open up new changing rooms, a pump shed and chemical storage, all completed under stage 2 of the project.

That stage also includes the completion of a perimeter fence to meet health and safety requirements.

Over the last five years, Lauriston School’s support group has raised and spent a substantial amount of money on stage one of the pool upgrade, which has included a new pool liner, pump and filtration system and a heat pump.

Pool upgrade project manager Hayden McCambridge said more than 60 local businesses and families had chipped in $58,000 towards the project.

He said a big “thank you” went out to those supporters, whose names were now included on a new honours board alongside the pool.

The pool is located to the left of the main school entrance and and is a popular spot with school swimmers and key holders over the summer months.