Delayed completion date for hydroslides

While the new hydroslides are under construction, toddler Lewis Hendl enjoys  a display at Splash...
While the new hydroslides are under construction, toddler Lewis Hendl enjoys a display at Splash Palace Aquatic Centre. PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO
Invercargill's residents will need to wait a bit longer to enjoy the new hydroslides at Splash Palace Aquatic Centre.

An update about the $2.89million project, which involves the construction of three new hydroslides at the facility, will be presented at Invercargill City Council’s infrastructural  and services committee meeting tomorrow.

Aquatic services manager Pete Thompson said in the document the project had a completion date by the end of the year.

However, with the national lockdown contractors were unable to continue the work on site.

"The proposed construction schedule now indicates a practical completion date of mid-January 2021 and client handover of March 2021."

Located at the east end of the learners’ pool, the structure would stand 11m high and incorporate three slides — a 101m-long raft slide, a 60m-long body slide suitable for all ages, and a 75m-long pitch-black slide for thrillseekers, all with light effects.

The 40-year-old hydroslide at the deep end of the main pool would be decommissioned once the new hydroslides were operational.

During the weekend, Lewis Hendl (2) had a blast with the new hydroslide display at the facility.

His parents said Lewis loves to go there and would be looking forward to the opening.

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