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Wave of ideas for New Brighton pools

Wave of ideas for New Brighton pools

Hundreds of ideas for a playground upgrade and hot salt water pools at New Brighton have already been shared, with just over a week left for people to have a say in the proposed development.

As of Thursday, 547 people, community groups or business representatives had answered the call for ideas for the upgrade of the existing whale pool playground and development of a hot salt water pool facility.

These proposals, based on community feedback through the New Brighton Suburban Master Plan, Council’s Long Term Plan and ongoing community-led local engagement, are being progressed by Development Christchurch Limited (DCL), working alongside Christchurch City Council.

DCL Chief Executive Rob Hall says the response from the local community has been phenomenal, with strong support for a development in the area and lots of ideas about what this could include.

“We’ve already done some work on what these developments could involve for New Brighton, but it was always going to be crucial to get public input into the process before we pushed ahead. The big numbers of people sharing their thoughts and ideas for New Brighton shows just how important it is for the local community that these projects get underway.

“We’re still encouraging people to provide feedback and they have just over a week to do so. So far, the responses have been largely positive, with some great ideas for the area and thoughts on how the development should proceed.

“Just as an example, ideas like water slides, flying foxes, a BBQ and picnic area, murals, a merry-go-round and even a pirate ship have all been raised. We’ll be reviewing all the feedback in detail and feeding this in to some concepts for the development,” Mr Hall says.

People can have their say (external link) on the proposed development until November 7. DCL will then prepare a report for the Council to consider a way forward on the development, including how it will fit in with the other initiatives underway in the city’s east. It is expected decisions will be made by the end of this year so design work can get underway in early 2017.


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