SPLASHING OUT TO CELEBRATE THE BIG 4-0
BROUGHT BACK FROM BRINK AND READY TO PARTY ON THROUGHOUT SUMMER
GET ready to party because loads of activities have been planned to celebrate the Mt Druitt Swimming Centre’s 40th birthday.
It is the milestone that almost didn’t happen when Blacktown Council decided not to reopen the pool for the 2013 swim season because a report indicated it was not “financially viable”.
The community fought hard over an 18-month period to have the decision overturned, which saw the pool reopen to great fanfare just before Christmas.
On Saturday, the site, will open to the public for its first full swim season since it was saved – just in time to celebrate its 40th birthday.
Community advocate Kerri Bradbury lead the campaign and now forms part of the committee overseeing the vision for the pool’s long-term future.
She encouraged everyone to support the pool, opened in 1975, by making use of it.
“It is very exciting; there are lots of activities planned so it is going to be great,” Ms Bradbury said.
There will be plenty of activities to mark the reopening this weekend, with planned aqua class dis- plays, community stalls, music provided by Street University and two pool inflatables for the young and young at heart to enjoy.
“One inflatable (in the deep end of the pool) will be for older kids and another up the other end will be for the smaller kids,” Ms Bradbury said.
The official 40th birthday celebrations will be on Saturday, December 12.
There will be music, a sports clinic, various demonstrations, community stalls and some scrumptious birthday cake.
The Dive In Movie sessions introduced earlier this year will also return this season.
The swim centre will run a summer series of movies for four consecutive Saturday nights from January 4.
Tickets will go on sale in December for the family friendly movies.
Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali said he would be at the pool on Saturday to welcome its return. “It is very exciting,” Cr Bali said. He said it was a particularly important moment as the pool would return with an expanded learn-to- swim program. “With so many housing or unit developments planned in the area, having this community asset to learn how to swim at is extremely important,” he said.
“I would encourage everyone to make use of it and make use of the learn-to-swim program.
“Every year we are seeing drownings in dams, rivers, backyard pools and the ocean.
“Learn to swim and enjoy summer wherever you may be.”
Mt Druitt Swimming Centre is on Ayres Grove. Details: 9625 6360.
Analeise, 10, has fun celebrating the reopening of Mt Druitt Swimming Centre last November.
There will be plenty to do at Mt Druitt Swimming Centre, which will host a 40th birthday party in December.