Waterworld reopens with Big Splash
Hamilton’s main swimming complex Waterworld reopened on Saturday with The Big Splash after a $10.8 million refurbishment.
It has included replacing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, filtration and pump equipment and an increase of 20cm to the depth of the 50m pool.
Queues of eager swimmers lined the entrance to take part in the day’s activities, which included inflatable attractions, use of the Glidefit equipment and paddleboats, while the public was able to see areas usually offlimits.
The first swimmer out of the changing rooms wasted no time in bombing into the deep end. Waterworld staff, including the lifeguards (in red) and the facility’s operations team. The upgrade included new sound baffles in the ceiling and noise-absorbing wall panels.
Members of Hamilton’s ACE swimming club after the races. (Right): Hamilton City Councillor Ryan Hamilton, as deputy chair of the community and services committee, cut the ribbon to reopen the pool.
As part of The Big Splash, swimmers were giving the chance to test the pool’s new Glidefit equipment.
Inflatable attractions were unpacked as kids race to see who could set the fastest time.
Races were held on the day as part of the opening event.