My kids have spent many summer days cooling off at Wenty Pools, aka Wentworthville Memorial Swimming Centre. They loved the large toddler, playground and we having enjoyed BBQ dinners there.
But after years of an uncertain future, and not much maintenance, Wentworthville Memorial Swimming Centre needed a lot of love for the community to continue to enjoy it. And thankfully Cumberland City Council stepped up to do just that. It closed in April 2019, and reopened almost two years on 29th March, after undergoing a $12.2 million upgrade (original budget was $5.9million).
Now you’ll be happy to know that all the main, much love features have made a return and then some.
There’s still a partially shaded toddler pool, fenced playground, BBQ and picnic table, 50m pool and program pool, plus a family change rooms and kiosk.
All but the fenced playground are new or have been completely refitted. So the old fenced playground looks a bit out of place now. Hopefully it can get a lick of paint or a bit of a spruce up soon.
Then there’s the new water playground and accessible adult and family change rooms.
Wentworthville Memorial Swimming Centre opened in 1965 and nearly closed 50 years later. But thankfully community action ensured it stayed open.
All pools and water playground are heated to 28°C. The toddler pool with zero depth entry can be heated up to 32 degrees.
There are a lot less seats/ benches now around the pools. But there is more grassed areas to sit on – most have shade sails over them and are synthetic grass.
The slope between the 50m pool and carpark is naturally shade and natural grass, as is the area behind the water playground.
The equipment within the shaded playground area, with soft fall ground, includes:
- climbing play gym with slide
- rope bridge
- monkey bars
- climbing wall
- chain stepping stones
The old 20cent BBQ has been replaced with a free to use one. And is still right near the fenced playground, with a picnic table.
There are two sets of toilets – one behind the program pool and the other at the bottom of the 50m pool. Both sets have accessible family change rooms and warm showers.
The kiosk has also received a facelift and can still be found just the entrance.
Family focused pools are hard to come by at the moment in the greater Parramatta area. Wentworthville Memorial Swimming Centre is a really lovely place for the family to have a splash, swim and play.
Wentworthville Swimming Centre is open from October to March/ April. It will close from 30th April and re-open 2nd October.
The pool is currently open 6am to 7pm daily, with changed opening hours on public holidays.
- Adult – $7
- Disability Pensioners – $4.50
- Child 3-16yrs – $4.50
- Under 3yrs – Free
- Spectator General Admission including non-swimmers – $4.10
- Family Ticket (2 adults with 2 children) – $22
Finding Wentworthville Memorial Swimming Centre
Wenty Pools is right near the Cumberland Highway and not too far from the M4. There’s a good number of on-site parking spots or you could catch a train as it’s less than a 500m walk from Wentworthville train station. And the train station is wheelchair and pram accessible!