Re­fur­bished Water­world re­opens on Satur­day

Hamilton News - - NEWS - Tom Row­land

Hamil­ton’s Water­world swim­ming com­plex re­opens on Satur­day with free en­try as part of the open­ing event, The Big Splash.

Water­world has been closed since Fe­bru­ary for a $10.8 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment, which has in­cluded re­plac­ing of heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion and air con­di­tion­ing sys­tems, fil­tra­tion and pump equip­ment for the pools, and an in­crease of 20cm to the depth of the 50m pool.

The Big Splash is a wel­come back event to Water­world users, and will run from 10am to 2pm. The com­plex will re­main open un­til 8pm af­ter the ac­tiv­i­ties.

As part of the day, cus­tomers will be given tours of ar­eas usu­ally off-lim­its to the pub­lic.

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

There have been op­er­a­tion changes made to both Water­world and the Gal­laghers Aquatic Cen­tre, with both fa­cil­i­ties open­ing times chang­ing.

Water­world’s 50m pool will be open from 5.30am to 8pm on week­days, 7am to 8pm on Satur­days, and 9am to 8pm on Sun­days.

The 25m and tod­dler pool will open from 8am to 8pm on week­days.

The Gal­lagher’s Aquatic Cen­tre will be open from 6am to 8pm on week­days, and 6.30am to 8pm on week­ends. It will be closed on all pub­lic hol­i­days.

Price changes have also been made to Water­world. Adults will now pay $7.50 at Water­world, while chil­dren up to 16 years will be charged $4.

Dur­ing the com­mu­nity and ser­vices com­mit­tee meet­ing this week, Coun­cil­lor Mark Bunt­ing was dis­ap­pointed that the hours had been trimmed at Water­world.

“As a leisure swim­mer I find that re­ally dis­ap­point­ing, be­cause when there are lane swim­mers in there at the time you are put to the side al­ready,” Mr Bunt­ing said.

“I’d like to see re­con­sid­er­a­tion of that de­ci­sion in the fu­ture.”

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