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Last modified: 25 May 2021 12:38pm

The new pool at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre with construction material round the outside

The water is in as the new pool at Selwyn Aquatic Centre moves closer to opening.

The new 10-lane, 25-metre pool will undergo testing this week, with the aim of opening in early June.

The new pool is the next stage of a wider upgrade of the aquatic centre. Five new family changing rooms, a new accessible family changing room, and new smaller male and female overflow changing rooms next to the aquatic centre extension have already opened.

The upgraded female changing rooms, foyer and additional administration space are on track to open in late June.

The final stage will be changes to the existing main pool to improve the pool and allow more flexibility of use.

Once the new pool has been opened for at least two weeks the existing pool will be closed for maintenance including reducing the depth of the pool. The new pool, leisure pool and learn to swim pools will remain open.

Council Active Selwyn Manager James Richmond says reducing the depth of the existing main pool and reorienting the lanes to make 10 lanes, 20 metres long, with the existing ramp retained, will mean it can be better used for learn to swim classes. This will also free up space in the rest of the facility.

“This will give us more flexibility and options for all our users across the whole facility. We’ll have a new pool with 10 lanes dedicated to lane and leisure swimming, and a pool for programmes like learn to swim and water safety classes that can also host some additional lane swimming, as well as our leisure and hydrotherapy pools.”