Water­world re­opens with Big Splash

Hamilton News - - NEWS - Photo / Hamil­ton City Coun­cil

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.

Photo / Hamil­ton City Coun­cil Photo / Hamil­ton City Coun­cil

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.

Photo / Hamil­ton City Coun­cil

In­flat­able at­trac­tions were un­packed as kids race to see who could set the fastest time.

Pho­tos / Hamil­ton City Coun­cil

Races were held on the day as part of the open­ing event.

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