Hydroslide move proposed

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MOVING the hydroslide at Splash Palace will increase the pool’s revenue and allow people to use the slide more often, Invercargill City Council (ICC) aquatic services manager Peter Thompson says.

At a meeting of the ICC’s community services committee, Mr Thompson outlined a proposal to move the hydroslide from its current location near the deep end of the main pool to a new location west of the learners’ pool.

The yet-to-be determined cost of moving the hydroslide would soon be returned on the investment because pool staff would be able to operate the slide “more-or-less continuously”, he said.

“We could dramatically improve the return on investment if the hydroslide were moved to this location.”

A laser beam counter had been installed on the slide last month to accurately record how many times it was used, he said. The counter recorded the number of slides, but not the number of individual people using the slide.

“On average, for weekday nights we’re seeing between 110-210 slides per hour of operation. On the weekends the numbers are much higher, with an average of 200-230 slides per hour. The demand, as we’ve long known, is there, but it’s good to now be able to quantify that.”

However, in its current location, the slide could only operate intermittently because water for the slide was cycled through the main pool, and the main pool was often booked out for sporting events and other activities, he said.

Moving the slide would also keep all leisure-based activities on one side of the facility.

“A move to the new location will make it easier for parents, too, because children will typically remain in the same area around the wave pool, learners’ pool and new slide location, rather than sprinting down past the deep end of the main pool to get to the hydroslide in its current position.”

THE plan for Splash Palace outlines several proposed changes for the facility, including:

Moving the hydroslide (expected to be completed in 2019)

New changing rooms and upgrading the foyer (confirmed to be completed this year)

Extending the eastern car park

A new entrance-exit way for vehicles turning in from and moving out on to Tweed St

A proposed additional 10-lane 25m swimming pool

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