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New Levin Aquatic Centre hydrotherapy pool takes shape
The new hydrotherapy pool is taking shape as part of the Levin Aquatic Centre redevelopment.
With the region not having had a hydrotherapy pool since the closure of a local hospital a decade ago, local campaigners are welcoming the development.
Horowhenua District Council’s Aquatics Manager James Richmond says that when complete just over half of the hydrotherapy pool will be for exercise, with the remainder being a seated spa area to which the water supply will be slightly warmer.
In addition to rails and steps for entering and exiting the pool, a chair hoist will be installed to help users who require the extra assistance.
Richmond says glazing will form the exterior walls, providing for a “pleasant, warm and light” conservatory-style environment, looking out onto landscaping and planting.
Richmond advised “the facility will definitely be a great improvement to the two standard spa pools of the past.”
The hydrotherapy pool is part of Council’s $1.68 million investment to redevelop the Levin Aquatic Centre, as identified in the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan.
Other work includes a complete re-work of the ground floor area includes renovating the toilets, showers and lockers, as well as upgrading the lobby, reception, shop and office area. The existing covered area on the north side will be upgraded to include a conservatory area with large sliding doors leading to the outdoor area. There will be new tiered spectator seating, and the social and storage space will be extended. The filtration and chlorine systems serving the Centre’s three pools are also being replaced.
To allow the work to happen, the Centre has been closed from May, with construction and commissioning to be completed by Friday 9th September. A Special Olympics Event is to be held at the centre that weekend, after which it will re-open to the public on Monday 12th September.
While the centre has been closed, the Foxton Pools have remained open over winter.
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