Users likely to lap up new pool
THE redeveloped Bold Park Aquatic Centre will be open to the public by mid-October.
City Beach resident and Rottnest Channel Swim veteran Jamie Bowler said she could not wait to use the new facilities at the centre, where she spent many of her birthdays as a child.
“The times I would come were those peak-hour times and it was very crowded,” Mrs Bowler said.
“But the extra lanes will free up a lot of space and I’ll be able to bring the kids here to swim.”
The $12 million redevelopment will have taken a year to complete, with 250,000 tiles laid and 1.7 million litres of pool water pumped in.
Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers said he used to swim at the pool but stopped going because the centre was “a bit of a dump”.
“It’s a pretty serious upgrade,” Mr Withers said. “A lot more people will be able to swim here.”
Cambridge projects director Brett Jackson said increasing the swimming lanes from eight to 10 would reduce congestion.
“We can have school carnivals and still have regular swimming too,” Mr Jackson said.
“Accessibility has also increased – there is now a ramp into the pool where previously there was a hoist.”
The upgrade will include new family change areas, a purposebuilt, three-zone learn-to-swim area, a vertical garden in the foyer near the café and almost double the amount of car bays.
Cambridge projects director Brett Jackson, Jamie Bowler and Mayor Simon Withers at the Bold Park Aquatic Centre building site.