Big Splash as pool re­opens

Hamilton News - - FRONT PAGE - Tom Row­land

Hamil­ton’s Water­world swim­ming com­plex will fully re­open to the pub­lic on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, with free en­try on the day as part of a spe­cial event.

Water­world is the flag­ship fa­cil­ity for Hamil­ton City Coun­cil’s Hamil­ton Pools op­er­a­tion, and was orig­i­nally opened in 1976.

It has been closed since Fe­bru­ary for a $10.8 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment, which has in­cluded re­place­ment of heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion and air con­di­tion­ing sys­tems, the fil­tra­tion and pump equip­ment for the com­plex’s main pools, light­ing im­prove­ments and an in­crease (by about 20cm) to the depth of the 50m pool.

Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity ser­vices man­ager Deb­bie Las­celles said the re­open­ing will be marked with The Big Splash – a spe­cial event she and her staff have been plan­ning.

“The Big Splash is a wel­come back to our val­ued cus­tomers,” Ms Las­celles said.

“They’ve been very pa­tient with us while Water­world has been un­avail­able, so we want to make sure we put on some­thing spe­cial for the re­open­ing.”

Chair­per­son of the com­mu­nity and ser­vices com­mit­tee coun­cil­lor Paula South­gate says it is fan­tas­tic Water­world is re­open­ing.

“I think peo­ple are go­ing to be re­ally de­lighted at the im­prove­ments,” she said.

“I’m hop­ing all of those peo­ple that have had to go some­where else will come back.

“What is re­ally ex­cit­ing is that we can now host na­tional swim tour­na­ments, which is re­ally im­por­tant for a city of our size. It was in a real shabby state — it could not stay like that and Hamil­ton de­served bet­ter.”

As part of the The Big Splash, cus­tomers will be given the chance to see ar­eas usu­ally off-lim­its to the pub­lic, as many of the im­prove­ments have been made be­hind the scenes.

There will also be in­flat­able at­trac­tions for chil­dren, and op­por­tu­ni­ties to try the new Glid­e­fit equip­ment and pad­dle­boats.

“We’re hope­ful of some fine weather lead­ing to a big crowd on the day,” Ms Las­celles said.

“If that’s the case, we need all our cus­tomers to show cour­tesy and pa­tience.”

The Big Splash will run from 10am to 2pm, and the com­plex will re­main open un­til 8pm af­ter the spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ms South­gate said: “We see Water­world as the num­ber one aquatic en­joy­ment cen­tre.

“It should be the num­ber one des­ti­na­tion for wa­ter play. In the fu­ture, we hope we can im­prove the out­door wa­ter area and also make im­prove­ments around the cafe area.”

Op­er­a­tional changes have also been made across Hamil­ton Pools to co­in­cide with the Water­world re­open­ing.

They in­clude a change to the open­ing hours for both Water­world and Gal­lagher Aquatic Cen­tre, al­ter­ation to the fees and charges for en­try and im­ple­men­ta­tion of a wrist­band sys­tem for cus­tomers.

Ms Las­celles said par­ents or care­givers also need to keep Hamil­ton Pools’ su­per­vi­sion pol­icy in mind when vis­it­ing ei­ther of the swim­ming com­plexes.

Those with chil­dren younger than five years need to be in the pool with the child, and within arm’s length.

Chil­dren aged six, seven or eight must be ac­tively su­per­vised at all times by the par­ent or care­giver they’re with, and any­one un­der 14 must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

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Hamil­ton’s Water­world will re­open on Novem­ber 3 with a spe­cial event called The Big Splash.

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