One of Hamilton City Council’s two swimming facilities, Waterworld Te Rapa, will be closed from Monday 20 July until early August while a full electrical upgrade is carried out.
Community General Manager Lance Vervoort says the work was previously scheduled as part of the Council’s ongoing maintenance programme but was delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
“We had hoped to avoid a full facility closure for the electrical work, but there are safety issues around having people in the facility when contractors are working in the area,” says Mr Vervoort.
“We regret the inconvenience to Waterworld’s pool users, but we hope the alternative venue of the Gallagher Aquatic Centre will fill the gap temporarily from 20 July until Waterworld reopens in early August.”
Between now and 20 July, swimmers will still be able to use Waterworld’s 25-metre pool and the hydrotherapy pool. The 50-metre pool hall will reopen with the rest of the complex in early August.
Waterworld’s ageing technology requires regular maintenance and, at times, more major upgrade work, says Mr Vervoort. The complex first opened to the public in 1976.
“We do our best to find times when closing part or all of the facility will inconvenience the least number of people. Sometimes this isn’t always possible – so we really appreciate people’s understanding when this happens.”
Waterworld’s casual swimmers and Hamilton Pools concession cards and membership holders are invited to use the Gallagher Aquatic Centre on Collins Rd, Melville, while the Waterworld complex is temporarily closed. The Gallagher Aquatic Centre has a 25-metre pool and toddler pool, and is open from 6am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 7.30am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday.