Karori hydroslides into Capital’s aquatic history

A GROUP of Karori Normal School swimmers will slide into history on Monday when Wellington’s first hydroslide is opened by Mayor Kerry Prendergast at 10am.

Construction of the $450,000 slide began last October.

Karori Pool manager Royce Williams put in two overnighters to help the contractors finish the platform surface, but the extra hours were worth it, he says.

It meant pool users could keep using the pool while the slide was built.

The pool was shut for only two weeks when foundations were laid and pump and valves were installed.

Mr Williams hopes the feature will keep the pool interesting for older children and complement the 18-metre inflatable floating platform used on Saturdays.

The project has been overseen by project manager Recreation Wellington, Jim Warwick, and managed by Mr Williams.

A hydroslide was included in the original plans for the pool when it was first built in 2001. Funding was finally approved in 2009.

Mr Williams says staff and pool users during the construction put up with scaffolding poles taking lane space in January and February and the occasional dust cloud and whiff of vapor while Christchurch building firm Cresta worked on the slide.

St Teresa’s School students and pool staff have already trialled the slide. Mr Williams says the short splash pool helps make it a big hit, as the ride is short, sharp and totally blacked out.

Pump water is taken from the main pool and then returned to the pool but the slide’s use will not affect the main pool users.

The slide has three speeds, ranging from 18 litres per second to 60 litres per second.

Mr Williams says it’s well overdue that Karori young people no longer need to travel to Auckland, Naenae, Porirua or Upper Hutt for their hydroslide experience.


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