Recently I had the real pleasure of breaking ground at last on the construction site for the new Metro Sports Facility.
Along with Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson, we turned the sod on the construction of the new indoor 50-metre competition pool and dive well. Canterbury’s swimmers have waited a long time for access to a competition class 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. 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.
Working together, the council, the Government and the local sporting codes have got this project back on track after it was stalled and over budget. Now, we’re seeing the results of that work. This will be a fantastic facility for Christchurch and seeing construction begin is just another marker of the renewed progress we are delivering for Canterbury.