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Spruce-up .. Edie Dunn (3), of Timaru, will be able to spend time at the newly painted paddling pool at Caroline Bay this summer. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

by Alexia Johnston

The ages they are, it’s going to be perfect. We’ll put our picnic blanket by the pool
A splash of paint is giving Caroline Bay’s paddling pool a new lease of life.

The pool, near the Caroline Bay Hall, was last week repainted but remains closed to the public until it is filled. It is due to reopen in about a week.
Timaru’s Edie Dunn will be one of its users this summer.
Edie and her brother, Ned Dunn (1), did not spend much time at the paddling pool last summer, but their mum, Tessa Rain, hoped that would change over the coming months.
“The ages they are, it’s going to be perfect. We’ll put our picnic blanket by the pool,” she said, as they looked ahead to the fun summer days ahead.
Timaru District Council group manager community services Sharon Taylor said the pool’s paint job was prompted by the usual wear and tear.
“The paint is worn because people go to the beach then hop in the pools afterwards, and sand is an abrasive, so it needs painting regularly.”
The district council also recently upgraded the toilet block near the paddling pools, to the tune of $120,000, which included re-tiling of the walls and floors, along with new partitions, doors and lighting. New artworks were also placed on the exterior wall and baby change areas added.
“Caroline Bay Park is one of the jewels of Timaru and we’re doing some work prior to the busy summer period to ensure it looks its best,” she said.
The bay projects would ensure the area looked “fantastic” in time for the Festival of Roses and Caroline Bay Carnival, she said.