8 February 2018
The $10.7 million refurbishment of Hamilton City Council’s Waterworld swimming complex begins next Monday, 12 February.
The refurbishment of the 40-year-old Waterworld will require the closure of its dive pool, 50m pool and 25m pool for about eight months.
The investment in the popular swimming complex was signed off by the Council in late 2017.
Much of the investment will go into back-of-house areas. Contractors will be installing new pumps and filters for the 25m and 50m pool, as well as a significant amount of new piping to transfer water from the plant room to the pools, and a fire systems upgrade.
In the public areas, customers will see:
• new non-slip flooring around the 25m, 50m and diving pools
• a new raised concourse around the 50m pool, meaning it will be slightly deeper than before
• a new moveable bulkhead (barrier) in the 50m pool
• new heating, ventilation and air conditioning above the 25m, 50m and diving pools
• new competition/race starting blocks for the 50m pool
• new LED lighting above the 50m pool
• new ceiling tiles.
The main pool hall will be off-limits to customers during the refurbishment and also hidden from view – however, regular updates on the project will be posted to the official Hamilton Pools Facebook page.
To compensate for the closure of the three pools in the main pool hall, the Lido (outdoor) pool will open for an extended season and will also be heated. Waterworld’s hydroslides, splashpad, sauna and steam room will all be open as usual. The facility’s gym will continue to operate, and a new schedule for use of the hydrotherapy pool – including specific programmes and the Learn to Swim classes – is available for viewing at Waterworld or at the Hamilton Pools website.
Hamilton Pools management is urging customers to exercise patience, courtesy and understanding during the closure due to its length (eight months) and the pressure on the reduced pool space.
Waterworld’s café will not be open through the refurbishment period, but customers will be able to obtain food and beverages from mobile operators on-site. Educare, Waterworld’s creche, has closed to the public, and will not resume operation after the refurbishment is completed.