Thames Replacement Pool Project

(Photo: A learn-to-swim class at Thames Centennial Pool)

As part of our investigations into a replacement for Thames Centennial Pool, we're looking for feedback on your use of aquatic facilities and your opinion of them.

We'd also like your responses on sport field facilities.

New facilities are being considered because:

  • The current Thames Centennial Pool is located on an urupa and the facility is reaching the end of its life.
  • The sport fields and facilities at Rhodes Park are highly susceptible to flooding and some of the facilities are not fit for purpose.

This survey asks questions about your use of and opinions about aquatic and sport field facilities. The survey will help the Council to decide what type of new facilities are needed in the future.

Complete the survey by 30 June 2022 and you could win one of ten Family Passes (2 adults and 2 children up to 15 years) to Thames Centennial Pool.  Enter your email address at the end of the survey to enter the prize-draw.

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete.  If you have any questions about the survey please contact Thames-Coromandel District Council on 07 868-0421.

Take the survey.

Once the needs for aquatic and sports facilities are clearly identified (through the survey and direct consultation with the sporting community), the next stage will be to review sites for the facilities needed.

A location at the south end of Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield in Thames is one potential site that has been identified.

Funding of $14 million over 2025-27 for the facility has been allocated through the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan

We'll be looking to secure as much non-Council funding as possible for the eventual building costs to lessen the impact on ratepayers.

Why a new pool for Thames?

Thames Centennial Pool is reaching the end of its usable life and is due for replacement by 2027. This aligns with the long-held desire by Ngati Maru for Council to vacate the existing pool's site given it covers a urupa/burial ground. 

I don't live in Thames, what about a pool closer to me?

It was clear from submissions we received in March and April 2018 on the 2018-2028 LTP that people in other parts of the district (outside Thames ward) would like improved swimming facilities. Community-run pools in Coromandel Town, Whitianga and Whangamata receive Council financial support and technical advice to improve the physical facilities and to improve the level of service these pools provide the public.