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Cheaper entry boosts Manurewa pool use numbers

Published: 9 March 2020

More Manurewa residents than ever are going for a dip.

The Manurewa Pool and Leisure Centre has experienced a 21 per cent increase in active visits compared to last year, with both fitness and pool visits going up.

Manurewa Local Board chair Joseph Allan says the increase shows the board’s decision to subsidise entry costs is making the centre more accessible to residents.

“More than 3000 of our people over-65s have taken advantage of the subsidy, and more than 1000 people with disabilities. That’s great news because it’s more Manurewa people getting out and about and active, but also using facilities that can easily cope with that growth in use.”

The centre reported groups benefiting from subsidised entry fees in quarter two included 3311 people 65 and over, 16,299 adults supervising children and 1006 people with disabilities. That represents an 8 per cent growth in senior swim entries and an increase of about 50 per cent for supervising adults.

“It’s also great to see so many more people getting along to supervise children because it makes the swimming experience safer, and because the board believes the cost of going to the pool shouldn’t be a barrier to people enjoying family time together, and certainly not to keeping young ones safe.”

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