Users likely to lap up new pool

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - So­phie Gabrielle

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.

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Cam­bridge projects direc­tor Brett Jack­son, Jamie Bowler and Mayor Simon Withers at the Bold Park Aquatic Cen­tre build­ing site.

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