Linwood’s new aquatic centre to open ahead of schedule


Christchurch City Council has advised that Linwood’s new $22 million facility aquatic facility – Te Pou Toetoe – will open ahead of schedule, with construction set to also finish within budget.

The opening to the public of the much-anticipated facility is scheduled for Friday 1st October with Christchurch City Council Head of Recreation, Sports and Events Nigel Cox enthusing “we’re very pleased that work has progressed faster than expected.

“Despite the considerable challenges of recent times, the project team have delivered the facility ahead of the original target opening, and within budget. In preparation for the opening we’re currently recruiting and training the team who’ll be working there.

“A great community facility is more than just a building – it’s the team, how they provide for the needs of the community and make it an enjoyable place to visit.”

The facility on the corner of Smith Street and Linwood Avenue will have a multi-use 25-metre lane pool, a deep water splash pool, a family spa pool, a learn-to-swim pool, and a pool and water deck for toddlers.

There will also be a kitchen and two community rooms, while outside there will be picnic tables, tennis, basketball and multi-use courts, cycle stands, parking and plenty of open areas for all ages to enjoy.

Both the design and construction have progressed extremely well, says Steve Hastie, Apollo’s National Design Manager and Project Director.

Hastie notes “delivering community facilities is something we truly enjoy, and it’s awesome when all involved are focused on delivering an amazing facility that not only optimises value for money, but delivers what will be such a fun and inclusive facility for the community.

“Working with Christchurch City Council in a partnership approach has contributed significantly to making this project a success.”

The formal opening with guests will take place on the afternoon of Friday 1st October with opening activities planned over the weekend.

Image courtesy newsline.ccc.govt.nz/

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