Two of Christchurch's popular outdoor swimming pools, located at Jellie Park and Halswell, have had their summer opening dates pushed back.

Halswell Aquatic Centre will be the first facility to open, on Saturday 26 November, followed by Jellie Park Recreation and Sport Centre's 50-metre outdoor pool on Saturday 3 December.

"Unfortunately, a lot of swimming pools have required repair work following the earthquakes, including several Christchurch City Council facilities," says Recreation and Sports Manager John Filsell. "We're working hard to get these pools ready, but there have been unexpected delays to repairs at Jellie Park and Halswell."

Mayor Bob Parker says, "Residents have been looking forward to a well-deserved summer, and it's great to be able to confirm that these pools will be open in time for them to get out and enjoy it."

Other pools set to reopen this summer include Templeton Pool and Belfast Pool. Pools remaining closed due to earthquake damage include Waltham Lido Pool, Lyttelton Norman Kirk Memorial Pool, and the paddling pools at Scarborough, New Brighton and Abberley Park.

The Botanic Gardens paddling pool requires repair work and will be closed for two weeks from Monday 21 November. Governors Bay community outdoor pool requires further assessments before a decision can be made.

Upcoming Summer Pool Openings

Saturday 26 November

  • Halswell Aquatic Centre

Saturday 3 December

  • Jellie Park Recreation and Sport Centre's 50-metre outdoor pool
  • Belfast Pool

Monday 12 December

  • Templeton Pool

For opening hours, please see the CCC's website: