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
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
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.