The pool was closed several years ago due to structural damage to the shell. According to council, the damage was a result of soil movement.
Councillor Carlos da Rocha, ward 66, was elated last week. He, former councillors and residents begged council for years to fix and open the pool, to no avail.
“I never knew there was a pool in Rhodes Park until I served on the ward committee just a few years back. It was then that I realised how important the swimming pool was to the residents of Kensington and surrounds.
“The first time I visited the swimming pool I was quite taken aback at what I saw. The main swimming pool area is quite big. There is a splash pool area for children and a grand stand. The buildings are old and historical. Although there seemed to be no maintenance, thankfully there was no vandalism,” said Clr Da Rocha.
According to council, the swimming pool and buildings were not fixed in the past due to funding shortages.
Earlier this year, Mr Nthatisi Modingoane, from CoJ, said the repairs were estimated at R7-million.
At the time he said that if a budget is approved, it will be used for the restoration of the entire centre with particular focus on the filtration and water reticulation systems, pool shell and the buildings.
He also said that had a budget not been approved, alternative funding sources would be pursued.
“A few months ago I requested officials help me deal with certain sports facilities in Rhodes Park. Clr Christine Walters, currently the member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for transport who was then the chairperson of the Section 79 committee for community development, arranged for an oversight visit to the park. I was surprised when I was called by officials to meet on site to discuss repairs to swimming pool a few weeks ago,” said Clr Da Rocha.
He said he was informed by officials that money had been allocated to repair the pool.
He could not confirm exactly when the repairs would start but said officials surveyed the pool and facilities and measures were taken.
“I hope the work will start soon. This is a great victory for residents. The pool is needed in the community,” he said.