Regency Park’s co-developer Marcus Barlow enjoys the view at the opening of The Oasis yesterday.
Regency Park’s co-developer Marcus Barlow enjoys the view at the opening of The Oasis yesterday.

The Oasis opening

WINE, tasty morsels, healing elements and a woman who knows her pools.

If you didn’t know any better the opening of Regency Park’s The Oasis aquatic complex yesterday could raise an eyebrow.

The Oasis was opened by swim champion Tracey Wickham who knows all too well the pruney feeling of fingers when you’ve been in the pool too long.

“I’ve been to Warwick a dozen or more times and there’s talk of me taking some swim classes for the residents to enjoy,” the Olympian said.

Neither the pungent smell of chlorine nor the issue of an unwanted green hair colour will be an issue for the residents thanks to pool’s water, which contains the soothing minerals of magnesium and potassium.

Regency Park’s co-developer Marcus Barlow said the village was the first retirement village in the world to install the Magna Pool mineral water system in the new aquatic complex.

“Regency Park is a lifestyle village,” Mr Barlow said.

“We did a lot of research into what people wanted when they retired and that’s what we’ve done with Regency Park. By the end of our research and we came out with about 300 items people wanted and we’ve tried to check them all off.”

Mr Barlow’s passion for Regency Park is contagious as is his drive to steer clear from any preconceived notions of the combined term of ‘retirement’ and ‘village’.

This notion has transpired as resident Helen Ferrier only had one small irk.

“Life here is so easy, they bend over backwards to accommodate your needs,” Mrs Ferrier said.

“I love gardening and tend my garden but there’s a community vegetable garden and the lovely workers have built up the gardens beds so we don’t have far to bend".



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