The new aquatic centre will be accessible to Napier swimmers of all ages and abilities. We'll have mobility aid parking areas, 'wet wheelchairs' and ramp access to the pools.
Ensuring that everyone within our community has the ability to benefit from this new aquatic facility is vitally important to Napier City Council. Our vision for the pool explicitly mentions ‘cohesion’ and one of our objectives is to "improve social cohesion and inclusivity through ensuring all Napier residents benefit from the new facility".
The development of an Equitable Access Plan is our way of making sure that these nice strategic goals translate into tangible plans for how we operate the new facility.
Equitable Access is far more than just distance. There are at this stage five key components of equitable access:
The Equitable Access Plan will be developed around these components, with input and assistance from our community.
We're making sure the facility’s design and operation will be inclusive for all. The design will achieve best practice in accessibility so the whole community can participate in aquatic activities. Amenities that cater for specific needs within our community include:
An on-site parking lot will be accessed from Tamatea Drive (likely to be changed to a 50 km/h zone). It will have parking for around 200 vehicles. This will include special needs and designated parking for young families.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council are in charge of bus routes in Napier. Discussion is underway with the Regional Council to introduce new bus routes going to the pools if there is a need. There is currently a route that runs along Westminster Avenue which stops approximately 400 metres from where the new pools will be located.
There are also iWay cycle paths in four directions that lead to this location.
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