City of Melbourne is committed to redeveloping the Kensington Community Aquatic and Recreation Centre (previously known as the Kensington Community Recreation Centre) to improve its facilities for the local community.

The existing recreation centre has served the Kensington community since 1976 and needs to be replaced to help meet the diverse community's needs, while ensuring it remains affordable and accessible for all users.

The updated draft design for the centre was unanimously endorsed by Council to proceed to tender and a recommendation for the preferred contractor will be presented to Council in the second half of 2021. This updated design incorporated significant changes based on community feedback.

Some of the key features of the new centre will include:

  • an eight lane 25 metre pool
  • children’s water play
  • three full-sized multipurpose courts
  • health and wellness areas
  • three large flexible spaces suitable for a range of classes and community uses
  • accessible change rooms including an adult accessible change facility
  • a new wrap-around café with four multiple access points (access the café from the JJ Holland park side without going into the centre).

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Kensington Community Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Consultation closed



Further updates on the timeline to build the centre is subject to Council approval and budget cycle and will be provided when confirmed.
  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation - phase one

    29 January to 1 March 2019

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Develop draft concept design

    April to July 2019

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Community consultation - phase two

    2 September to 4 October 2019

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Finalise concept design

    Late 2019 - 2020

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Design development and documentation

    Mid 2020

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Design endorsed by Future Melbourne Committee

    1 December 2020

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Tender preparation and process

    First half of 2021

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    Council to appoint contractor

    Second half of 2021 (subject to detail finalised through tender process)

  • Timeline item 9 - active


    Construction commenced in late 2021 and will continue until early 2025.

  • Timeline item 10 - incomplete

    Centre to open

    Anticipated date of opening in early 2025.

Community consultation

Feedback we heard to shape the Kensington Community Aquatic and Recreation Centre design.

Draft concept design

See the draft concept design for the Kensington Community Aquatic and Recreation Centre that was presented for consultation at the end of 2019.

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