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Last modified: 23 Aug 2022 10:14am

an artists impression of the new pool showing an orange hydroslide, new painted walls and the pool

Darfield Pool will get a new water slide, splash pad and family areas as part of the new $2.4 million redevelopment.

The Council agreed the upgrade at the last Council meeting, which will see the main pool relined and upgraded, a new kids play area, a hydro slide, bleacher seating and building upgrades.

There will also be new artwork and landscaping to give the pool a fresh look and feel. Changing room upgrades have been completed and structural improvements landscaping and painting are on-going for the first stage of the redevelopment. Improved heating for the toddler and learn to swim pools will also be in place ready for the summer pool season this year.

The next stage of the upgrades will see a new entryway and shaded area with seating and picnic tables built. There will also be a new pool plant, which will better heat the pool and improve the swim experience. The new additions will see a 3 metre hydro slide, a toddler wet deck and water play area, and bleacher seating with improved shade. The other additions were identified as things that people wanted for the site during meetings on site with Darfield School and feedback from pool users.

The majority of the work will be completed over winter, during the months that the pool is closed, to ensure the pool remains open for use over the summer months as usual, with the full new pool set up planned to be ready for summer 2023.

Council Active Selwyn Manager James Richmond says the works are an exciting time for the pool. “We really want to make the most of the pool and make sure people have a great experience there. It’s going to be a fun, vibrant space. The community has really embraced the learn to swim and aquafit classes we started there in recent seasons and we’re looking forward to expanding that as well and make it a space for the whole community to really use and enjoy.”