Aquat­ics in the spot­light


The fu­ture of Up­per Hutt’s H20 Xtream aquatic cen­tre is un­der the spot­light.

‘‘It’s time to take a fresh look at aquatic pro­vi­sion in Up­per Hutt,’’ city com­mu­nity ser­vices di­rec­tor Mike Ryan says.

A $50,000 fea­si­bil­ity study, com­mis­sioned by the city coun­cil and man­aged by SGL Con­sul­tants, is un­der way

‘‘The op­tions to be con­sid­ered range from do-noth­ing through to a re­fur­bish­ment and up­grade of ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties to de­sign and con­struc­tion of a com­pletely new cen­tre,’’ a coun­cil brief for the work said.

It also in­cudes a sur­vey of what res­i­dents, and a wide range of sports and re­lated groups, might want from the fa­cil­ity in the fu­ture.

‘‘We are di­rectly reach­ing out to as many peo­ple and groups as pos­si­ble on this and we have had more than 200 re­sponses al­ready,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘We need to look at what we have here and what might be needed and also look at the trends in aquat­ics both re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.’’

SGL’s work will ‘‘re­view the ex­ist­ing and po­ten­tial use of H20, iden­tify un­met needs and pre­pare a long-term strate­gic plan’’.

A sep­a­rate sur­vey of schools in Up­per Hutt ‘‘to un­der­stand how they use aquatic cen­tres’’, is also part of the con­sul­tants’ work.

A fi­nal re­port will be de­liv­ered by SGL in Fe­bru­ary with the coun­cil’s re­sponse to a range of op­tions for the fu­ture in­cluded in its Long Term Plan de­ci­sion mak­ing the fol­low­ing month.

‘‘H20 Xtream is now over 20 years old and has main­tained its po­si­tion as a unique aquat­ics des­ti­na­tion for youth from through­out the re­gion,’’ Ryan’s re­port to the city’s ser­vices com­mit­tee said.

That age along with changes to com­mu­nity de­mo­graph­ics and the na­ture of re­cre­ation and sport mean the time is right to look at what the venue should pro­vide in the fu­ture. ‘‘We also have to look at what de­vel­op­ments there have been at other fa­cil­i­ties across the re­gion in the time we have had H20,’’ Ryan said.

The ques­tion­naire is open to Up­per Hutt res­i­dents 15 years and over.

‘‘It takes a short time and we’d like as many re­sponses, as many peo­ple tak­ing part, as we pos­si­bly can,’’ Ryan said.

To have your say, go to­tion­naire/ UHCCH2O

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