The centre currently has a 25 metre pool. This size pool supports an excellent range of programs as well as free or lap swimming. The new pool will be reconfigured to provide one further swim lane and a disability access ramp into the pool.
Some community members enquired in the first phase of engagement if a 50 metre pool could be provided. A 50 metre pool would require the pool to be reoriented and would have a greater impact on the park and surrounding area. This size of pool would also be significantly more expensive to manage. The level of use that could be expected would not make this viable.
A small number of community members asked during phase one of engagement if a hydrotherapy pool could be provided in the new centre.
In response to community feedback, we investigated this to understand if there is the space for a hydrotherapy pool in addition to the other facilities provided, and what the cost of operation would be. The analysis showed it is very difficult to locate another pool within the space available for the redevelopment. It also showed that the cost to provide and operate this type of pool is very high.
One of the benefits of the new pool redevelopment is that the new 25 metre pool will have a more consistent water temperature than the current pool. The water temperature will be maintained at 30°C, which will be more comfortable for users. This will be possible as the ageing pool plant and equipment will be entirely replaced.
A number of community members asked about car parking for the new centre during the first phase of engagement. Car parking is an important consideration in any redevelopment project.
A detailed traffic and car parking study was carried out in the early stages of the project to understand the existing capacity for car parking, the likely demand with a new centre, and the feasibility of including car parking in the new redevelopment.
The study showed that there is sufficient on-street car parking available in the area and any additions to car parking was prohibitively expensive.
There will be additional bike parking incorporated into the new design.
Construction of the new centre is expected to take up to 18 months. We’re undertaking detailed planning to look at opportunities for current members and users of the centre to continue to participate in health and well-being activities and programs to maintain their important social connections.
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