Pool closes for re­de­vel­op­ment

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HUN­DREDS gath­ered for a fi­nal swim at the Ar­madale Aquatic Cen­tre as they know it.

A lively crowd en­joyed the fes­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a sausage siz­zle cooked by Ar­madale Po­lice Rangers, gi­ant games, a bouncy cas­tle, Robert Parker’s acous­tic mu­sic, mas­cot fun and aqua in­flat­a­bles.

Pa­trons also got a first glimpse of the fu­ture cen­tre from a video walk­through and rem­i­nisced over photos from the pool’s 37-year his­tory.

There were mixed emo­tions from staff and reg­u­lar users, with cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Bill Parker shar­ing fond mem­o­ries and funny sto­ries from his 28-year ten­ure.

Mayor Henry Zelones ac­knowl­edged the emo­tional Aquatic Cen­tre staff for their months of com­mit­ment to plan­ning the farewell.

“Our com­mu­nity has been wait­ing for the con­struc­tion of an in­door aquatic cen­tre for many years and it is now a re­al­ity, with work to com­mence later this year.”

Fund­ing for the $26 mil­lion up­grade com­prises $10 mil­lion from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Grants pro­gram, $1 mil­lion from the State Gov­ern­ment, with the City of Ar­madale con­tribut­ing the rest.

Fol­low­ing clos­ing speeches, Cr Zelones and chief ex­ec­u­tive Ray Tame tied a rib­bon on the en­try doors to of­fi­cially close the fa­cil­ity. s

City of Ar­madale Recre­ational Ser­vices staff takes a fi­nal plunge.

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