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Stratford Aquatic Centre (Pool Development)

As part of the 2018-28 Long Term Plan, Council identified the need to replace the current TSB Pool Complex facility with a new building, providing significant improvements and increased levels of service in a more comfortable indoor swimming pool experience.

The benefits of this development include:

  • Future requirements – a facility that better meets the future needs of the community
  • Regional benefits – a facility that better caters for the needs of the Stratford district and its neighbours
  • More choice – a facility that delivers a better and wider ranges of services
  • Growth - a facility that stimulates community growth and development
  • Destination – a facility that makes Stratford more attractive as a place to either live, work or play.

How’s it being funded?
The project needed to attract some grant funding in order to go ahead, and in 2020 Council was successful in receiving a Provincial Growth Fund grant of $8million towards the project. The total cost of the project is $20million, with the remaining $12million being funded through rates and other external funding.

What’s happened so far?
2018
The project was approved as part of the Long Term Plan 2018-28
2020
August - Council sought feedback from the community on the pool development location and approved the location to be the corner of Portia Street and Regan Street (on the King Edward Park Reserve)
September – Contractors appointed
December - Designs signed off
2021
February - Construction is due to begin

Completion of the facility is due end of 2022. Watch this space!


Related media releases:

https://www.stratford.govt.nz/council/news/media-releases/1291-stratford-mayor-ecstatic-about-major-funding-announcement

https://www.stratford.govt.nz/council/news/media-releases/1300-pool-location-considered-by-council

https://www.stratford.govt.nz/council/news/media-releases/1307-pool-development-location-decided

https://www.stratford.govt.nz/council/news/media-releases/1408-new-pool-site-blessed 

Concept design of the facility’s exterior:

Concept design of the pool exterior December 2020

Victoria Park Development (Children's Bike Park)

The concept of a children’s bike park was consulted on throughout the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan, and it received a lot of positive support from the community. Through the help of external funding Council is excited to see this project come to life in 2021.

Located on Victoria Park, behind the playground, the park will include a children’s cycle track for kids to learn and gain bicycle confidence, a pump track, a half basketball court and a BBQ pavilion.

How’s it being funded?

Council was successful in receiving a Provincial Growth Fund grant of $2million in 2020. This means the project is able to be delivered without any input from ratepayers.

What’s happened so far?
2018
The project was approved as part of the Long Term Plan 2018-28
2020
August – Contractors appointed
November – Site blessed and construction started

Completion of the children’s cycle track, half basketball court and BBQ pavilion is due by mid 2021 with the pump track to follow.

Related media releases:

https://www.stratford.govt.nz/council/news/media-releases/1291-stratford-mayor-ecstatic-about-major-funding-announcement

https://www.stratford.govt.nz/council/news/media-releases/1370-children-s-bike-park-getting-underway

WATCH a video of the developments on the site (March 2021)

Below photo taken 11 February 2021:

Bike Park 11 February 2021

Stratford Discovery Trail

The Stratford Discovery Trail, Te Ara o Ruaputahanga ki Whakaahurangi is an ongoing project that celebrates Stratford’s varied and interesting history.

You’re invited to take a stroll around town to discover the hidden treasures and stories Stratford has to tell.

Grab a Discovery Trail brochure and a kids icon hunt worksheet from the Stratford i-SITE and Library.

Keep an eye on the “watch this space” areas of the map as the trail continues to evolve! 

Discovery Trail Shakespeare King Edward Park Elyse small