What city council facility is the worst for ‘code browns’

If you’re planning on going swimming at Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre – watch out.

The Spreydon facility has had the most code brown pool closures out of the city council’s three recreation centres – 41 since January.

According to the city council’s faecal incident register, of the 74 closures of pools at Pioneer, 41 were for code browns, 24 were for vomit, and nine were for chemical reasons.

The leisure pool was closed the majority of times, followed by the teach pool, while the spa was closed twice – once for vomit and the other for a “faecal incident”.

The main pool had three code browns and one vomit closure. The longest was for chemical purposes, at 12hr 25min, followed by a code brown which caused a nine-hour pool closure.

Pools at Papanui’s Graham Condon Recreation and Sport Centre have been closed 58 times since the start of the year.

Thirty-two of those were code browns. Six were in the main pool, 12 in the learners, three in the spa and the toddlers’ pool was closed once.

Vomit forced 15 closures.

The longest closure was 8hr 45min.

Jellie Park Recreation and Sport Centre had the least number of incidents out of the three facilities with 28 closures, 14 of which were for faecal contamination and 14 vomiting incidents.

Ten closures lasted overnight.

The Coastal-Burwood Community Board came up with an idea to offer free nappies at city council pools to prevent code brown situations, but it failed to gain traction.

It wanted money to be put aside in this year’s Annual Plan process. But city council head of recreation and sport John Filsell said the provision of free nappies was not specifically reviewed for inclusion.

He said it had been looked into previously.

“Educating caregivers to ensure children wear nappies and are taken to the toilet prior to entering a pool is considered more effective than simply providing free nappies,” he said.

“Generally, the majority of caregivers taking children to swim bring nappies with them as a matter of course.”

He said they were available for sale at all city council recreation centres, and promotions were often run to help reduce pool closures.