Waterworld is the Waikato region's largest swimming complex, but at 40 years old, its showing signs of age.
In 2018, from February through until October, a major refurbishment will be underway at Waterworld.
It's a $10.7 million project incorporating a range of important work, focussing largely on the main pool hall which includes the 25m, 50m and dive pool.
Those three pools, and our Educare creche, will be unavailable for the duration of the refurbishment. We cannot safely operate Educare as it will be inside the construction zone.
Much of our investment will go into staff-only areas, or will be hidden from view. We'll 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 the customers during the refurbishment and also hidden from view – so you won't see many signs of the work, other than fenced-off areas, extra vehicles, and the noise of power tools and machinery.
While the work is underway, we need your patience and understanding: there will be significant pressure on pool space and our available pools will be busy.
We are moving a number of programmes and activities into the Hydrotherapy pool, which will be open for extended hours during the refurbishment.
Our hydroslides, splashpad, sauna and steam room will all be open as usual. Our gym will continue to operate.
The Lido (outdoor) pool will remain available as long as possible, but is set to close in May due to significant challenges and costs of trying to heat the pool's water during the coldest months of the year.
We are urging our lane-swimming customers to consider using Gallagher Aquatic Centre, while club swimmers will be using the Lido pool.
This is an exciting and significant project for Waterworld and the team responsible for running the facility, and we are looking forward to opening the doors once its finished.