Celebrating five years

by Kent Caddick

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Selwyn Aquatic Centre in Rolleston and it will be celebrated with a Birthday Bonanza event.

More than 1.4 million people have visited the centre since its opening in June 2013 at a cost of $15 million, but already demand for the facilities has led the Selwyn District Council to put in place plans to expand the facility.

Council recently approved a proposal to expand the aquatic centre with the addition of a 25 metre pool. Construction is expected to begin in 2019.

Selwyn aquatic facilities manager, James Richmond, said the expansion will be a significant boost to the centre, allowing more swimmers to enjoy the facility and increasing the capacity for events. He said the centre continues to offer a wide range of events, programmes and services to the Selwyn community.

“We are proud to have offered world-class aquatics services for the last five years and look forward to an even bigger and better future once the Selwyn Aquatic Centre extension project is completed. We would like to thank the community for their continued support in making the facility such a success.”

The centre’s fifth Birthday Bonanza event is being held on Sunday, June 24 from 2pm to 4pm.

“Anyone is welcome to join the party, which will feature a DJ, big inflatable race, games, spot prizes, biggest splash competition, chalk drawing, cake, colouring competition and more.”

Normal pool admission fees will apply for the event.