Splash city

Hast­ings pools chocka

Hawke's Bay Today - - Front Page - Laura Wilt­shire

Peo­ple are vis­it­ing Splash Planet in droves this year, as well as other com­mu­nity pools in Hast­ings. Hast­ings Mayor San­dra Ha­zle­hurst said Splash Planet was a draw­card for lo­cal fam­i­lies and vis­i­tors alike.

“It has been so awe­some to watch the many, many peo­ple hav­ing fun and en­joy­ing this won­der­ful tourist fa­cil­ity over the hol­i­day pe­riod.”

A to­tal of 59,420 peo­ple have al­ready vis­ited the wa­ter park since it opened on Novem­ber 12.

For the same pe­riod over the sum­mer of 2017/18, 56,467 vis­ited Splash Planet.

Ice cream was the snack of choice while vis­it­ing, with 8438 ice-creams served, along with 6507 pun­nets of chips, 1160 pies and 1209 piz­zas sold.

As well as an in­crease in num­bers at Hawke’s Bay’s favourite des­ti­na­tion wa­ter park, Hast­ings has also seen a rise at its other pools.

From De­cem­ber 20 to Jan­uary 5, 3863 peo­ple headed to Frim­ley to cool off, not count­ing four pri­vate book­ings bring­ing 600 swim­mers.

This was com­pared with 1782 in the same pe­riod last year. A to­tal of 4089 peo­ple cooled off at Have­lock North Vil­lage Pool be­tween De­cem­ber 20 and Jan­uary 5, up from 2816 last year.

The busiest day was Jan­uary 2 for both Frim­ley and Have­lock North.

Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­i­ties and pro­grammes man­ager Ali­son Banks said it was great to see all the fa­cil­i­ties be­ing so well used.

She sad they had plans to im­prove Hast­ings pool space in 2019.

“Staff have sug­gested some im­prove­ments for next sea­son such as more shaded ar­eas closer to the pools, play fea­tures in the tod­dlers’ pool and maybe a vol­ley­ball court at Frim­ley.”

PHOTO / PAUL TAY­LOR

Grace Lam­balle, Abi­gail Lam­balle, Nina Ben­nett and An­drew Ben­nett vis­it­ing Splash Planet from Palmer­ston North.

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