The New Aquatic Facility Project will deliver on our vision to be a vibrant and sustainable city for everyone to enjoy, by providing an excellent facility and a public service that supports people’s well-being, now and into the future.
We have huge demand on our aquatic facility. The plan is to deliver a modern, fit for purpose facility with increased pool space and better accessibility so that more people can participate in aquatic sport and recreation and learn how to be safe and confident in the water.
While we understand there is unmet demand for pool space, we are pausing the New Aquatic Facility Project so we can re-look at our options. We will seek community feedback as we progress.
We have kept $5 million aside for this project in 2020/21. We are using up to $500,000 to undertake further site investigations at Onekawa Park and to complete further design work if required.
We are now undertaking more comprehensive ground testing at Onekawa Park, as we reconsider locations for a potential new aquatic facility that was originally proposed in the Long Term Plan 2018-28.
On Monday 23 November, ground assessments began at 43 locations at Onekawa Park. This will provide Council with more information to help with a future decision about aquatic facilities.
The testing is being carried out in parts of Onekawa Park that were not previously investigated. The work will involve drilling a number of holes and digging some small scale test pits, similar to earlier investigations carried out in 1997 and 2011. After the assessment is complete, all holes and excavations will be refilled, and sealed with a cap of clean soil placed over the top. A safety plan will be in place.
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