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Not much of a splash ... Timaru preschoolers Payten Gillies (front) and Tahlia Sandrey (both 4) play in the tiny amount of water left in the outdoor paddling pool at Caroline Bay on Tuesday, after the Timaru District Council drained the pool. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

The temporary closure of the paddling pool at Caroline Bay has upset some Timaru parents and children, as it coincides with the school holidays.

Timaru resident Jessica Sandrey contacted The Courieron Tuesday after arriving with her child and a friend at the bay to find the pool empty.

She queried why the sunshades could not have gone up earlier or without draining the pool.

Timaru District Council parks and recreation manager Bill Steans said the pool needed to be drained so it was not slippery for contractors installing the sun sail.

“We have to drain the pool for that to happen.”

Mr Steans said he expected the pool to reopen today or tomorrow.”[It will] be up and running for the weekend.”

He acknowledged the timing was not perfect. The council had always installed the sails near the end of September, but had had to delay it slightly this year due to the ongoing unpredictability of the weather.

“No matter what we do it’s [a nuisance] for somebody,” he said.

Ms Sandrey also thought the potential closure of the pool during the holidays was to force families to use the neighbouring CBay aquatic complex.

“I reckon they’re just trying to make money.”

However, Mr Steans said the two facilities were completely unrelated.

The indoor CBay aquatic area would close for maintenance from 7pm on October 15 and reopen on October 21.

CBay Fitness and Revive would remain open during this time, while the CBay Cafe would be open from 8am to 1pm from October 15-20.