March 2020 the target date for new Parramatta aquatic centre

Making a splash: Council administrator Amanda Chadwick, Parramatta MP Geoff Lee and Parramatta Park Trust's Suellen Fitzgerald at the proposed site of the new aquatic centre.
Making a splash: Council administrator Amanda Chadwick, Parramatta MP Geoff Lee and Parramatta Park Trust's Suellen Fitzgerald at the proposed site of the new aquatic centre.

Swimmers left high and dry by the Parramatta pool closure should pencil March 2020 in their diaries.

It has been earmarked as the date for the completion of the new aquatic centre.

Parramatta Council provided an update on Monday night, when administrator Amanda Chadwick adopted council report recommendations to fast-track the facility.

While a June 2021 completion date was preferred and recommended in the report, March 2020 was negotiated with relevant stakeholders. A 2019 completion was regarded as unfeasible.

“It’s a very important project with strong community expectations,” Ms Chadwick said at the council meeting.

The report proposes the facility to be located on Park Parade, near the corner of Pitt Street within Parramatta Park’s Mays Hill precinct.

A preliminary feasibility study supported the development of a modern aquatic facility with options for the inclusion of additional recreation offerings. It would, at minimum, include an indoor aquatic area with an eight-lane 25m pool, a 10-lane outdoor 50m pool, along with a learn-to-swim pool and water slides.

Further community consultation will occur in the coming months on concept design options. A final report that includes a financial business case, funding availability, recommendation of a preferred scheme and scheduled timeline will be presented to the incoming council in December. 

More interim swimming arrangements have also been confirmed. Learn-to-swim students and lap swimmers will use Macarthur Girls High School facilities for the next three summers.

Pool upgrades will start this month and are due to be completed in October.

A new water play park will be built in Parramatta. Various sites being considered include Ollie Webb Reserve.

The council is investigating additional options to enhance recreation offerings at Lake Parramatta, while Epping Pool is being upgraded.

“We are pushing ahead with plans for a new aquatic leisure centre and will continue to work hard to ensure the people of Parramatta have places to swim and enjoy water play while the new facility is developed,” Ms Chadwick said.

Meanwhile, Cumberland Council residents will be asked on September 9 whether they support council continuing to operate and subsidise its five pools.

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