Construction begins on sports facility pool
by Mike Isle
Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson, Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel were all at a sod-turning last week marking the start of construction of a new indoor 50-metre competition swimming pool and dive well for Christchurch.
The pool will be part of the new Metro Sports Facility for Canterbury.
Robertson said Canterbury’s swimmers had waited a long time for access to an indoor 50-metre competition pool and all of Christchurch has been looking forward to this wonderful new facility.
“The five-metre-deep dive well and competition pool tanks are stainless steel and will come from a specialist supplier in Italy. These tanks have been selected as they will be more resilient than traditional pools in the event of any further earthquakes.
“An active community is a healthy and happy community, and with everything from five hydroslides to throwing cages for our high-performance athletes, the Metro Sports Facility will offer something to people of all ages and stages,” he said.
The Metro Sports Facility will also be a home for some of New Zealand’s elite athletes. High Performance Sport NZ will move its Regional Performance Centre here, making it an important training environment.
Megan Woods says getting construction started on the facility is a major milestone for the city.
“The Metro Sports Facility will bring thousands of people into the central city each week, it’ll provide world-class recreational facilities for our people, and it’ll boost our local sporting codes.”