A feasibility study of the Physio Pool is in progress to determine options for the future of public access to hydrotherapy in Dunedin. The Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust has engaged Dunedin project management firm, Feldspar Associates, to carry out the feasibility study.

Feldspar Associates has assembled a team of consultants with expertise in swimming pool design and development to examine the state of the Physio Pool infrastructure, scope the cost of redevelopment, consider alternative sites for a new pool, prepare modelling to assess long term financial viability and supply recommendations to the trust. Both Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, which owns the Physio Pool, and Dunedin City Council are assisting with the study by supplying information to Feldspar Associates. A consultation group has been formed to supply feedback as the consultant team works through the stages of the study.

It is anticipated that the study will be completed by the end of this year. Depending on the recommendations from the study and the decisions of the trust the next steps would be securing long term site tenure, then fundraising and then detailed design and construction.

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Key Benefits of Dunedin's Therapeutic Physio Pool

  • The soothing warmth and buoyancy of warm water makes it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness.
  • The pressure of the water on the body’s surface helps to decrease swelling and improves joint position awareness.
  • The warmth of the water assists in relaxing muscles and improving circulation.
  • Water supports joints to encourage free movement, and also acts as resistance to help build muscle strength, flexibility and stamina, no matter what your current level of fitness is.
  • Aquatic activities can be enjoyed by people of all ages, degrees of fitness, and can be a great way to meet new people.