Plans for Aquatic Centre upgrades

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7/02/2019 4:00:00 p.m.

7 February 2019

A bombing pool, water slides, a new outdoor water play area and new indoor play features are all included in early design concepts for upgrades to Rotorua’s Aquatic Centre.

A dedicated learn-to-swim pool, new entrance, renovated outdoor pool and changing facilities, a new gym and new hot pool also feature.

The plans and related early concept design images, both of which are still in development, were presented to elected members at today’s Operations & Monitoring Committee hui (meeting) by Council staff and representatives from CLM which has been managing the facility on behalf of Council for the past six months.

Funding of $7.5m was allocated in Rotorua Lakes Council’s 2018-28 Long-term Plan for capital investment in the Aquatic Centre and the work being planned will include repairs, replacements, renovation and additional facilities.

CLM Managing Director John Latimer spoke about the potential to partner with Whitewater NZ, one of the world’s leading waterslide designers, for investment in waterslides and a new water play area at the Aquatic Centre. He said while the centre was very much a community facility and would remain so, waterslides would be an additional visitor attraction for Rotorua.

Today’s update covered what’s been happening and what’s been achieved during the past six months against the agreed community outcomes which CLM and Council committed to as part of their Aquatic Centre management partnership.

Attendance figures have exceeded targets, gym membership is full and staff are being provided with professional development opportunities, elected members heard.

The work and upgrades have been split into two priority lists and final costs will not be known until further design work and investigations such as geotechnical work have been completed.

“We are confident we can make a huge difference within the budget allocated [in the Long-term Plan] and Whitewater New Zealand’s potential investment increases the opportunities further,” Council Operations Group Manager Henry Weston said.

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See THIS LINK on Council’s website to view the presentation slides used in the Aquatic Centre update at today’s hui.

The hui was livestreamed and you can view the recording at THIS LINK on Council’s YouTube channel. The Aquatic Centre presentation starts about 8 minutes 15 seconds in.

Page reviewed: 07 Feb 2019 4:00pm