Pool closes for redevelopment
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.