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A smoother slide into summer swimming fun

Carterton District Council [CDC] has ensured it is summer-ready with improvements to the district’s pool and a new manager for the facility.

Ahead of this season’s opening on November 25, Carterton’s free outdoor pool has upgraded its water features, after a new pool slide was installed last year.

The slide proved popular with users, who shared ideas on how to make the addition more fun.

After feedback, CDC has installed a water pump, allowing water to flow freely down the slide, giving users a smoother and faster ride.

Council staff have also altered the angle at the bottom of the slide to help ease the transition from the slide to the pool.

Carterton’s pool complex has a main pool, a learner’s pool, and a toddler’s pool.

A CDC spokesperson said former manager Russell Geange had retired from providing the summer pool service after more than two decades, so the council needed to find a new contractor.

CDC facilities manager Glenda Seville announced the new management team, who also currently manage the Trust House Recreation Centre in Masterton.

“We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Belgravia Leisure to ensure our residents can still access the pools this summer,” Seville said.

Belgravia Leisure general manager Mark Blake said it is a privilege to take responsibility for the complex.

“Naturally staff who have served at the pool last year will have the opportunity to stay and we hope and believe we can serve the Carterton community well in what I’m sure will be a wonderful hot summer,” he said.

Geange and his team had staffed the pools for many years, and Seville said his experience and commitment had been appreciated by the community.

“I would like to thank Russell and the swim school staff for their years of commitment, without which we wouldn’t have been able to provide summer swimming for our residents,” she said.

More information about the Carterton pool, including opening hours, is at cdc.govt.nz/swimming


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