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Water fun complex could revive New Brighton
By ANNA PRICE
WATER WORKS: An example of the type of complex that could be built in New
AN AMBITIOUS proposal for a
swimming complex with lap pools,
hot saltwater pools and spas,
wave pool and hydroslides span-
ning a block on the New Brighton
beach front is being hailed as a
superb turning-point vision for
the ailing area.
A key player, Tim Sintes, calls
it reverse psychology.
The idea is to create fun and
the retail will follow, he said.
The international sandcastle
event proved we can get the
The concept plan is the inspi-
ration of Burwood Pegasus Com-
munity Board board members
David East and Tim Sintes, part
of a three-man group with former
QEII complex manager Alan
The plan identifies a block of
land with the south side opening
into the mall.
Mr East said it showed what
could be fitted on it. We have to
replicate as much of QEII as we
We re looking at the wellness
factor in the rebuild.
A sports medicine aspect could
Funding could come from
$30 million already set aside in
the Christchurch City Council s
provisional budget for an aquatic
centre in the area.
That s the beauty of it. We re in
the unique position of having the
funding more or less set in budget
before the project is designed and
approved, Mr East said.
The plan by no means shows
what the final look could be. It
could be anything. We want to cre-
ate community facilities -- an
aquatic theme park and hot salt-
water pools, and if we are able to
have a water polo size pool that
would be absolutely fantastic.
With the theme park, there are
literally hundreds of combinations
that could be brought in there.
They are also keen on a stand-
ing wave surfing type theme.
A minimum 25m lap pool and a
deep pool for aqua-jogging were
needed, he said.
There is a call to have a 50m
pool. It would be great. I m not
going to die in a ditch over that.
The area master plan had some
good points but lacked the wow
factor, Mr East said.
We ve always looked at a proj-
ect that would give incentive for
commercial development. In the
past we ve tried to smarten New
Brighton in various ways and
hopefully encourage landowners
and retailers to smarten shops
and create a better environment.
But in reality, we re competing
with dozens of other shopping cen-
tres in [the] city. At present, peo-
ple coming to New Brighton have
to go past half a dozen major shop-
ping centres on the way so there is
no incentive to shop there. We
propose to create incentive to
come to New Brighton and the
retail development follows.
So parents bring kids to the
complex, kids go into the pool and
mum goes shopping. After they ve
been to the beach, pier and pools
they will want to go to a cafe bar
for relaxation. The idea is a com-
plete package for the family.
Aside from a land purchase that
may be required, they are moder-
ately optimistic the complex can
be built for close to the provisional
The last thing we want is a
cost escalation by countless design
and inter-departmental charges
within council, Mr East said.
By ABBIE NAPIER
WONDERLAND: Kids check out last year's grotto.
HARD WORK: Linda Hills
hangs reindeer antlers in the
summer bach setting for the
SPREYDON BAPTIST Church s Christ-
mas Grotto is under construction for the
12th time and the elves are labouring
night and day to have it open on
Grotto organiser Linda Hills founded
the walk-through display in 2001 with
her brother. It is reminiscent of depart-
ment store displays of their youth.
It s a heck of a lot of work, but it s so
worth it, she said.
The display takes an entire conference
room in the church and narrow paths
weave through a Christmas wonderland,
stopping by Santa s workshop, Toyland,
Candyland, and a teddy bear nativity.
Work started on Monday morning,
and is expected to be finished in the wee
hours of Sunday morning.
Head down to Spreydon Baptist
Church in Lyttelton St to check it out.
Open 9.30am till 9.30pm from Sunday
until Christmas Eve (late night close
11pm December 24). Entry $3, under-3s
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