The Hot Salt Water Pools Project is actually two projects in one – an upgrade and substantial expansion of the existing whale pool play area, and the development of a new hot salt water pools facility. It has been talked about for some time now, through the New Brighton Suburban Master Plan, Christchurch City Council’s Long Term Plan and ongoing local engagement.
Development Christchurch Limited, working alongside Christchurch City Council, has taken the community’s direction and come up with ideas for how this project might work. There are no detailed plans on paper yet – that’s all still to come and will be heavily influenced by what the community wants.
In November 2016, DCL and Christchurch City Council consulted the community on the proposed hot salt water pools and Beachside Playground development. The majority of respondents were strongly in favour of the project being progressed.
All funding for the hot pools was approved by Council in June 2017 as part of the Annual Plan process, where the community was consulted on Council’s proposal to allocate additional funding for the project.
Since then DCL has been working with community groups on the project, and there will be opportunities for wider public feedback on concept designs in 2017.
Construction is expected to start in summer 2018 (subject to resource consent), and opened during summer 2018/19.
Work on the new play area and Hot Salt Water Pools is just one part of the evolving programme of regeneration happening in New Brighton. This development needs to fit in with other community initiatives, plans for the revitalisation of the commercial centre, the implementation of the Master Plan, work to understand future environmental issues, and the wider regeneration of New Brighton.