The first full summer season of swimming at Lake Parramatta attracted 12,000 visitors between October 31 and March 13, according to the Australian Lifeguard Service.
Swimming was re-introduced to the lake for the first time in more than 70 years last year as part of the Parramatta River Catchment Group’s ‘Our Living River’ campaign to return swimming to the river by 2025.
“Lake Parramatta has been a popular spot for swimming since January last year and I’m sure it will continue to be for many summers to come,” Parramatta lord mayor Paul Garrard said.
The water temperature throughout the season ranged from a comfortable 20 to 27°C, well within safe swimming guidelines.
Bacteria levels were good outside of the rain periods.
While lifeguards won’t return to the lake until October, it remains open for swimming all year round.
It’s recommended people don't swim for three days after heavy rain due to water quality concerns.