Hydroslides all back up and running after repair

The three hydroslides at Splash Palace have reopened.

The new raft slide was open for only three months when it had to be shut down after an issue was found with a supporting column in July.

When New Zealand entered Alert Level 4 in August, the remaining two slides were closed.

Invercargill City Council aquatic services manager Stephen Cook said Splash Palace and council staff were thrilled to see the slides up and running again in time for the school holidays and warmer weather.

"Everything is safe and ready to go, from the hydroslide itself to our Covid-19 protocols," he said.

"The support column has been completely replaced on the raft slide and we’re ready to go ahead with another summer full of holiday fun."

A council spokeswoman said the new installation was covered by the contractor as it fell within the defects liability period.

While there was still a restriction on numbers at the pool, including for the hydroslides, that number would be increased from the current 30, she said.

"The leisure pool area now includes the hydroslides and that capacity has been upped to 60."

Mr Cook said depending on current activity levels, customers might need to wait for other swimmers to leave before being let in.

"We understand that it can be frustrating to have to wait during busy times. However, the public have been extremely understanding."



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