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An aquatic facility for everyone

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.

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Equitable Access Plan

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:

  • Cost and travel
  • Belonging
  • Cultural capability
  • Programming and partnering
  • Engagement and input.

The Equitable Access Plan will be developed around these components, with input and assistance from our community.

Accessible facilities

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:

  • Contrasting paint schemes and braille signage to assist the vision-impaired. 
  • Wheelchair access, which will be made easier with the whole complex being on a single level. There will be mobility aid parking areas, ‘wet’ wheelchairs and ramp access to pools.
  • Changing rooms, which will have overhead hoists and width to accommodate wheelchair transfer.
  • Car parking, which will be close to the main entry with no requirement to cross driveway or car parking areas.

Public transport and car parking

An on-site parking lot will be accessed from Tamatea Drive (which will be a 50 km/h zone). It will have parking for around 200 vehicles. This will include special needs and designated parking for young families.

If needed, cars will be able to park on the grass area to the rear of the facility.  There will be capacity to accommodate up to 500 vehicles in exceptional circumstances such as a major swimming competition.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council are in charge of bus routes in Napier. Discussion is underway with the Regional Council to provide a bus stop off-street, right outside the facility's door once it is opened. The nearest bus stop to the existing Napier Aquatic Centre is 500 metres away. 

There are also iWay cycle paths in four directions that lead to this location.



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