CBay visitor numbers up 6% in year

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Visitor numbers to the Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre (CBay) rose 6% in the 2015-16 year.
The numbers have been revealed in an annual report by Timaru District Council recreation facilities manager Craig Motley.
In his summary, Mr Motley said the recreation facilities had had “an excellent year with the CBay enjoying its fourth full year of operation”.
Some highlights included:
330,000 visitors to CBay.
CBay hosting more than 20 swimming carnivals, including the New Zealand junior regional swim festival (southern region).
More than 30,000 individuals taking swimming lessons up to March 31, 2017.
Partnerships with Sport South Canterbury and the Aoraki Trust to provide subsidised swimming lessons to year 3-8 pupils in the Timaru district.
“The majority of visitors were to the aquatic area of the complex with the variety of pools and range of activities appealing to a wide range of customers,” Mr Motley said.
“The programme pool continues to be highly used by a variety of users and we predict that it will reach capacity over the next five to eight years with an increased population, many of whom are 65-plus.”
The hydroslides continued to be a “great point of difference”, attracting “local and out-of-district visitors as well”, Mr Motley said.
The “chillax” area was “well-utilised with a strong regular following”.
However, it could create issues when new users or visitors from out of the district attempted to use it without realising there was an extra charge, he said.
“We have attempted to alleviate this issue with increased signage,” Mr Motley said.
The facility hosted 14 school swimming sports, two regional schools events and the New Zealand junior regional swim festival (southern region).
“Although we are not particularly well set up for large swim meets in terms of spectator and competitor seating, feedback received about the actual pool space and quality and cleanliness of water has again been extremely positive and all local schools have rebooked.
“We have also seen an increase in rural schools utilising our instructors to teach in either their own school or local district pools,” Mr Motley said.
The major capital project for CBay aquatics this year would be replacing the aquatic plant for the 50m pool, which was scheduled to take place over winter.
“We are currently in the procurement phase and expect to have finalised this process by the end of May.”