Do it once, do it right— coun­cil

Waikato News - - COMMUNITY -

Waipa District Coun­cil has con­firmed it will go ahead with the more ex­pen­sive op­tion for the Cam­bridge Pool project.

The agreed plans mean the Cam­bridge Pool com­plex will in­clude an up­grade of the ex­ist­ing out­door pool, a new 10-lane in­door pool and learner’s pool, a hy­drother­apy pool, spa and sauna and a chil­dren’s splash pad.

There will be in­creased seat­ing and a com­mu­nity room as well as car park­ing and land­scap­ing.

Last month coun­cil asked the Waipa com­mu­nity for feed­back on two op­tions— to stick with the $9.9 mil­lion op­tion ap­proved in the 10-Year Plan or in­crease the bud­get to $16.5m and add new features. More than 700 peo­ple re­sponded, with 80 per cent favour­ing the more ex­pen­sive op­tion.

Coun­cil also agreed to pro­vide ad­di­tional fund­ing to up­grade the area around the out­door 50m pool and to pro­vide stack­ing win­dow slid­ers to al­low for more tem­po­rary seat­ing. These come with a cost of $185,300, tak­ing the to­tal cost of the pool devel­op­ment to $16.685m.

For mayor Jim Mylchreest, to­day’s de­ci­sion is a huge mile­stone for the project.

“This project has been a long time com­ing and to­day’s de­ci­sion is a re­flec­tion of our com­mu­nity’s wishes.

“The new plans and the ad­di­tional features means we will have a fa­cil­ity that the whole com­mu­nity can en­joy— now and into the fu­ture.”

Ad­di­tional features may be added to the com­plex in fu­ture years if fund­ing be­comes avail­able.

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