Whether you regularly swam at Parramatta War Memorial Pools, your kids were learning to swim or had their school carnival there, you took the family for a splash on a hot day or you were looking forward to going with your kids, it was a sad day last Friday when the pool closed after six decades. Now more than 160,000 visitors to the pool each year must find an alternative swimming centre, while we wait years for another one to be built.
New Aquatic Centre for Parramatta
I am excited about a new, modern swimming centre being built. I really hope it has both indoor and outdoor pools to make it somewhere to swim year round with the kids. It is just extremely disappointing that the old pools were closed without a replacement. Not only has building not commenced but a location is yet to be confirmed and money still needs to be found to fund it. At the last hour, the NSW Government pledged $30 million to help build a new swimming centre. But that still leaves Council short at least $20 million.
Updates on the new pool can be found on the Council website here and more information on the possible location at Mays Hill Precinct in Parramatta Park here. If you are interested in reading about what happened, here is some of the media coverage – Parramatta Sun and Daily Telegraph.
We would like to thank the Save Parramatta Pool campaign for all your efforts in trying to preserve the war memorial pools from being demolished.
The City of Parramatta Council are preparing for a new Aquatic Leisure Centre. It is very important that have our say in helping work out what kind of facility it will be.
Please complete the online survey by 7th April 2017 to share your thoughts on a new pool. And by completing the survey you could win a $300 Coles Myer Gift Voucher!
Alternative Swimming Pools
Quite literally as the door closed on Parramatta Pools, it opened again at the Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre in Lidcombe. This much loved local pool had been closed for almost two years for extensive renovations. We visited it one day after it re-opened. I really liked the mix of indoor and outdoor pools, plus addition of a water playground.
The City of Parramatta now only has just one aquatic centre at Dence Park in Epping. We are however fortunate to have a number of other public pools around the area. Depending on where you live, some will be closer than others. Here is the ParraParents list of 18 kid friendly public swimming pools. They are grouped by the type of pools they have – indoor only, outdoor only or combination of both. We have also created a Google Map to help you locate the nearest ones.
Here is the list Council developed of alternative swimming options.
My personal favourites for the cooler months with little kids are:
- Hornsby Aquatic Centre: undercover parking, warm pool temp and water features for the kids indoors.
- Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre: indoor mini water playground, free parking, playground next door.
- Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre: fantastic indoor water playground, lots of different indoor pools, free parking. But it can get VERY busy.
- Ryde Aquatic Centre: baby pool, water features for the kids, wave pool free parking and water slides. But the water temp can be cold in the leisure pool.
Alternative Swimming Schools
Looking for a swim school for your kids? Infrastructure NSW and City of Parramatta Council have put together a list. Make sure to visit the listed websites for up-to-date swim school details. When deciding on a learn to swim school, it is important to visit potential swim schools to work out which is most suitable. Make sure to talk to staff, assess the pool environment and watch a lesson before making a final decision.