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Council dives into pool discussion

Napier City Council (NCC) made a splash today, confirming the details of the three aquatic options that will now go out for community feedback in advance of the 2018-28 Long Term Plan process.

At the Strategy and Infrastructure committee meeting held at the Taradale Town Hall this afternoon, Councillors approved the Options for Expansion business case and resolved to progress community engagement and consultation for three options.

Concept illustrations for each of the three options are now being developed and will be available to the public via the Napier City Council and Napier Aquatic Centre websites from next month.

“We’ll be asking our community to carefully consider all the three options and then decide on their preferred design via an online poll,” says Glenn Lucas, NCC’s Manager Sport and Recreation.

In addition there will be opportunities for members of the public to chat directly to the Council teams at a number of community events. The last of those will be a public open day on Saturday 3rd September at the Napier Aquatic Centre that will include displays, competitions and fun activities for families.

The three options to be consulted on are:

THE IVAN WILSON EXPANSION

  • This is an extension of existing facilities in Onekawa
  • New 25m x 25m pool and 12.4 x 8m learners’ pool
  • 1,127m2 of total pool space
  • 10 x 25m swimming lanes
  • Gym plus health and wellness area
  • Life span of 15 years (as this option retains some of the existing pools)
  • COST $19.5m (approximately $130 per household per yer)

THE 25-METRE NEW-BUILD

  • A new pool complex comprising three new pools, a café and a water play area
  • New 25m x 25m pool, 25m x 12m programme pool and 20m x 8m learners’ pool
  • 1,400m2 of total pool space
  • 10 x 25m swimming lanes
  • Water play area including beach access pool, new hydroslides, lazy river and bomb pool (water play area identical for 25m and 50m options)
  • Gym plus health and wellness area
  • Life span of 30 years
  • COST $37m (approximately $249 per household per year)

THE 50-METRE NEW-BUILD

  • A new pool complex comprising three new pools, a café and a water play area
  • New 50m x 19m pool, 15m x 8m programme pool and 20m x 8m learners’ pool
  • 1,630m2 total pool space
  • 8 x 50m swimming lanes
  • Moveable bulkhead to create a large 50-metre option
  • Water play area including beach access pool, new hydroslides, lazy river and bomb pool (water play area identical for 25m and 50m options)
  • Gym plus health and wellness area
  • Able to accommodate more competitive swimming
  • Life span of 30 years
  • COST $38m (approximately $267 per household per year)

At the meeting, Mayor Bill Dalton congratulated the Community Services team on their quick action in pulling forward their scheduled programme of work and presenting three excellent options following the unexpected closure of the Greendale Pool in late 2016. Councillor Graeme Taylor noted that as a council, NCC had come “a tremendously long way” in just seven months on this matter.

30 August 2017

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