Eastern Recreation and Sport Centre

Progress Updates

The QEII Recreation and Sport Centre design is out

Here’s your first look at the new QEII Recreation and Sport Centre, ahead of construction beginning in October 2016.



Warren and Mahoney have done the initial concept design for the new centre, which will be located in the heart of QEII Park and cover 4737 square metres.

The new centre is expected to open in 2018 and will include:

  • Leisure pools
  • 25 x 25 metre lap pool
  • Learn to Swim pool
  • Lazy river
  • Water adventure playground
  • Spa pool
  • Steamroom and sauna
  • Toddlers’ pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Hydroslide
  • Cafe
  • Studio
  • Meeting room
  • Ample space for car and cycle parking

The next step:  Christchurch City Council has given the concept design to three design-build contractors to produce a final design and cost, which is expected to be released in October.

“The facility is purpose-built to serve the local community and will have a good mix of lane pools and leisure attractions, so that families and the more serious swimmers all have something to draw them in,” says Burwood-Pegasus Community Board Chair Andrea Cummings.

Ms Cummings said the decision to locate the new facility at QEII Park dates back to September 2014 and was followed by extensive community engagement.

“We had $6.5 million from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust to put towards water attractions and in 2015 we went out into the community to find out what they wanted to see featured,” Ms Cummings said.

“Locals of all ages had a say and the design process has pulled everything together and made the vision a reality. It’s going to be awesome and it’s a big collaborative effort that got us there.”