New Swimming Pool

KCDC working on ramp so disabled and elderly can swim easy

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council says ‘efforts are continuing’ to get a removable ramp for some of the new cement swimming pools due to open soon in Paraparaumu.

The urgent work is being done after protests from several groups about the Council’s controversial decision last year to drop plans for a ramp.

Preliminary design presented

Now the KCDC says: “A preliminary design was presented last week to interested parties, and a ‘barrier free’ assessment is being undertaken by an advisor from Wrightson Associates.

“The design will need to be approved by Dutch company VarioPool, which supplied the pool’s movable floor, to make sure it is workable and does not void warranties.”

Aquatic Facilities Manager Alison Law says the removable ramp won’t be ready for the pool opening, but access will be provided for via custom-built low rise stairs and hoists, including one that is user-operated, plus the pool ladders.

All the pools at the Coastlands Aquatic Centre are now full, and water to the hydro slide will be turned on this week.

Mayor Jenny Rowan says the complex is looking inviting and people will be proud of the long-awaited community facility.

She says the focus at the moment is completing the pool hall vapour barrier, which means making sure the building is fully air-tight so it retains heat.

“Once that is done the pool heating will be switched on. At the moment we’re also running all the pumps and filtration systems to make sure they’re operating properly and I am pleased to report they are,”she says.

Landscaping underway

Exterior landscaping work is underway and people are being invited to contact Tim Andersen at Council on 0800 486 486 if they would like to volunteer for morning or afternoon tree planning sessions on Friday, May 24, to Sunday, May 26.

“It’s been a long journey but we are almost there.  This facility will be a great community asset that will encourage swimming, fitness and mobilisation, and make the district more attractive as a visitor and events destination,” says Mayor Rowan.

The centre’s main pool can accommodate a wider range of swimming events than Raumati Pool, with the first long-distance swim meet booked for late July.