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QEII leisure pool set to open mid-August


QEII leisure pool set to open mid-August

QEII Park's new indoor leisure pool is set to open mid-August.

Under wraps until the opening celebrations, the themed leisure pool features a 40m - long wave pool, children's play zone and a shallow beach-like entry area.

Its opening will complete a two-and-a-half year, $20.7 million redevelopment that has involved the construction of a 50m international standard competition pool, the themed leisure pool and a teaching pool.

"Christchurch now boasts the largest indoor leisure pool in Australasia, and largest wave-pool in New Zealand," says Christchurch City Council Leisure Manager Alistair Graham.

To allow the new pool to open in August, the park will close for two weeks from Monday July 1 to Sunday July 14 while essential remedial work is carried out.

Mr Graham says every effort was made to have the new leisure pool up and running for the school holidays, however closing the complex now would minimise the inconvenience to the public in the long run.

"The public has been very patient, and we want to assure them that the wait will definitely be worthwhile," he says. "Closing the complex for two weeks will allow the contractors to get in and carry out the remedial work all at once, which will minimise disruption in the long run for pool users."

He says the opening of the new complex will complete a transformation in Christchurch from the traditional indoor lap pool to a complete leisure and fitness destination.

"QEII Park was first built for the 1974 Commonwealth Games and has been a premier athletic and sporting icon for both Christchurch and New Zealand. Twenty-eight years on, it has developed into a unique multi-sport and leisure complex, catering for family recreation through to elite sport performance and development," he says.

The redevelopment of QEII Park follows upgrades of Centennial and Pioneer Leisure Centres in 1999.


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