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Three options for Napier Aquatic Centre released in detail

Napier City Council is seeking public feedback on three proposed options for the Napier Aquatic Centre expansion.

Aquatic Centre Waterplay Proposed Pools

An artist's impression of the water play areas for the two new-build options.

A bomb pool, new hydroslides, a lazy river and a health and wellness centre – these are some of the inclusions being considered by Napier City Council ahead of its decision on a new Aquatic Centre.

There are three options for consideration, each with an artist’s impression of how the new centre could look, and how it could be used. NCC released the drawings today, along with a feedback form and marketing campaign aimed at actively involving its community in the decision-making process.

Option one, the Ivan Wilson Expansion, is the most cost-effective of the options. It would see the current Napier Aquatic Centre close temporarily while wide-scale renovations took place. The result would be a $19.5m extension of existing facilities – a new 25m x 25m pool, a 12.5m x 8m learners’ pool, a new gym and health and wellness centre, and a lifespan of around 15 years.

Option two, the 25-Metre New-Build, could be constructed alongside the current facility – meaning the pools could remain open throughout. It offers three new pools - a new 25m x 25m pool, a 20m x 8m learners’ pool, as well as a 25m x 12m programme pool for classes such as aqua fitness. There would be a water play area containing a bomb pool, lazy river and hydroslides, and a new gym and health and wellness centre. The cost is $37m and the anticipated lifespan is around 30 years.

Option three, the 50-Metre New-Build, could also be constructed alongside the current facility, so that the pools could remain open throughout. A feature of the 50m build is its moveable bulkhead that can divide the pool in two. It also offers three new pools - a new 50m x 21m pool, a 20m x 8m learners’ pool, as well as a 15m x 8m programme pool for classes such as aqua fitness. There would be a water play area containing a bomb pool, lazy river and hydroslides, and a new gym and health and wellness centre. The cost is $38m and the lifespan is around 30 years.

Glenn Lucas, NCC’s Manager Sport and Recreation: "We're inviting the public to a Spring Open Day at the Aquatic Centre on Father’s Day - Sunday 3 September." Free entry for all. “We’ll have lots of detail on the pool options to give feedback on," Lucas says. "There's food and music... a bouncy castle, and you can enter Dad in the competition for Best Bomb!”

Director Community Services, Antoinette Campbell, says she’s looking forward to hearing what Napier’s residents want from their pools now and into the future. “Whatever complex is chosen and subsequently developed, this is a facility that will serve our kids as they grow into adults, and our adults as they move into retirement. For that reason, it’s really important that we consider current and future needs when making this decision. We should reflect on the impact of population growth, tourism, and sporting and recreational trends. It’s very exciting, and a massive opportunity for Napier, and I can’t wait to see what our community tells us they want from our pools.”

Mayor Bill Dalton agrees, urging the community to get involved in the decision making process. “We want to make this decision armed with as much information as possible. We understand the limitations of our current set-up and we are poised to make some great changes, but there are various price-tags to take into account to achieve the facility our community wants.”

Along with an opportunity to feed back on the various options at https://www.napier.govt.nz/say-it, the public is invited to a Spring Open Day at the Aquatic Centre on Father’s Day - Sunday 3 September. “It’s an opportunity for kids, parents, and all members of the public to pop down and enjoy free entry to the pools,” says Glenn Lucas, NCC’s Manager Sport and Recreation. “We’ll have lots of detail on the pool options to give feedback on, food and music, the Aqua Run inflatable will be up, there’s a bouncy castle, and you can enter Dad in the competition for Best Bomb!”

The Spring Open Day runs from 11am until 2pm. For more information go to www.facebook.com/napiercitycouncil.  

21 August 2017

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