Queenstown pool to reopen earlier than expected

Queenstown Lakes District Council has to spend millions to fix its swimming pool, which is only...
The facility, located in the Queenstown Events Centre, will open its doors again on Monday, March 16. Photo: Tracey Roxburgh
Queenstown’s Alpine Aqualand swimming pool will reopen two weeks earlier than expected, after a multi-million repair job.

The facility, located in the Queenstown Events Centre, will open its doors again on Monday, March 16 after the completion of repairs to its ceiling and ventilation system.

That project had been expected to cost at least $2.3 million.

Queenstown Lakes District Council sport and recreation manager Simon Battrick said the council was ‘‘very pleased’’ with how the work had progressed.

“In particular, I’d like to thank our members and the local community for their patience during the temporary closure. This has been really important work that has ensured the long-term future of Alpine Aqualand”.

In addition to the repairs, the council completely replaced the floor liner of both the lap and leisure pools, laid an improved flooring surface around the pool hall, completed some remedial works on the hydroslide tower and refreshed signage.

“Scheduling this extra investment around the main work has removed the need for our annual pool shutdown usually held in May for routine maintenance and a thorough clean, so the community will be able to keep swimming through that period.’’

The Arrowtown Memorial Pool was opened two months earlier than usual to mitigate the impact of the six-month closure, after the installation of a new heating system.

‘‘It’s been a great summer season out there with record numbers,” Mr Battrick said.

The Arrowtown pool will close for the season on Sunday, March 15 to coincide with Alpine Aqualand’s reopening.

A family pool party at Alpine Aqualand on will take place on March 21 to celebrate.

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