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Hamilton Waterworld set to reopen with a Big Splash
Hamilton’s Waterworld swimming complex will fully reopen on Saturday 3rd November, with a special event featuring entertainment, club showcases and an opportunity to look behind the scenes.
Originally opened in 1976, Waterworld is the flagship facility for Hamilton City Council’s Hamilton Pools operation.
It has been closed since February for a $10.8 million refurbishment which has included complete replacement of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the filtration and pump equipment for the complex’s main pools, lighting improvements and an increase (by about 20cm) to the depth of the 50 metre pool.
Debbie Lascelles, the Council’s Community Services Manager, says the reopening will be marked by a special event - The Big Splash - which her staff have been planning.
Lascelles advises “the Big Splash is a ‘welcome back’ to our valued customers.
“They’ve been very patient with us while Waterworld has been unavailable, so we want to make sure we put on something special for the reopening.”
Among the initiatives for The Big Splash are:
• Behind-the-scenes tours which will give small groups of customers the chance to see areas usually off-limits to the public.
• Inflatable attractions for children.
• Showcases by Hamilton Pools’ stakeholder clubs.
• Opportunities for customers to try new Glidefit equipment and paddleboats.
• Demonstrations of Hamilton Pools’ services and programmes.
Lascelles says as a special reopening day offer, entry to the facility will be free, adding “we’re hopeful of some fine weather leading to a big crowd on the day.
“If that’s the case, we need all our customers to show courtesy and patience
The Big Splash runs from 10am to 2pm with the complex to remain open until 8pm after the reopening event activities conclude.
Operational changes have also been made across the Hamilton Pools operation to coincide with the Waterworld reopening.
• A change to opening hours for both Waterworld and Gallagher Aquatic Centre.
• Alteration to the fees and charges for entry, lane booking and programmes offered by Hamilton Pools.
• Implementation of a wrist-band system for customers.
Lascelles says parents or caregivers also need to keep Hamilton Pools’ supervision policy in mind when visiting either of the swimming complexes.
Those with children less than five years old need to be in the pool with the child, and within arm’s length. Children aged six, seven or eight must be actively supervised at all times by the parent or caregiver they’re with, and anyone under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Further details on the Waterworld refurbishment and operational changes can be found at www.hamilton.govt.nz/waterworld
15th March 2018 - Eight month refurbishment of Hamilton Waterworld underway
17th January 2018 - New signage aims to reduce drowning incidents in New Zealand public pools
10th August 2017 - NZRA: ‘New Zealand’s aquatics industry and pool lifeguards are not failing’
19th April 2017 - Hamilton Waterworld to host second Paws in the Pool event
2nd February 2017 - Pool Super Vision completes training of 600 lifeguards: looks to future
22nd September 2015 - Fastlane Fitness expands with new pool complex in Hamilton city centre
11th August 2014 - Just Add Water Seminar heads to Hamilton
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