UP to $75.2 million will be invested in the construction of a new aquatic leisure centre for Parramatta after the Council last week endorsed the business case for the new facility, to be built in the Mays Hill precinct of Parramatta Park.
The centre is set to feature indoor and outdoor heated pools, along with other facilities including a fitness centre, sauna and spa, a café, modern amenities, and other spaces for the community and swim club.
"The new aquatic centre is a crucial piece of social infrastructure for Parramatta. This will involve a significant investment from Council but once complete, the centre will service our City for generations to come, so it's important that we incorporate all the facilities our growing community will need, now and in the future," City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson said.
"This was a big decision for Council made after extensive consultation undertaken by both Council and Parramatta Park Trust. We know that the community expects a modern, flexible facility and the model we have chosen for the centre will deliver this for the people of Parramatta."
The option endorsed by Council will include a ten-lane, multipurpose 50-metre outdoor pool and an outdoor leisure pool, along with a 25-metre indoor pool and dedicated indoor Learn to Swim pool with an adjacent all-abilities water play zone and a dedicated shallow water space for babies and toddlers. All of the pools will be heated and the 50-metre and 25-metre pools will include access ramps.
There will also be modern family-friendly change rooms and amenities, outdoor areas for relaxation, and a 212 space surface car park.
The State Government has already committed $30 million to the project and City of Parramatta will seek additional funding for the construction of the aquatic centre to achieve a world class facility.
"We thank the State Government for their commitment to this important project and look forward to working with them and Parramatta Park Trust to ensure the aquatic centre is complete and operational as soon as possible," Cr Wilson said.
"Now that the preferred model for the aquatic leisure centre has been confirmed we will proceed to the detailed design phase and it's expected the design masterplan will come back to Council for endorsement later in the year as part of the development application for the new centre."
The new aquatic leisure centre will be built adjacent to Park Parade, near the corner of Pitt Street on the former golf course in Mays Hill, after the site was identified as the preferred location in Parramatta Park Trust's Mays Hill Precinct Master Plan.
It is expected that construction of the new aquatic leisure centre will commence in February 2019 and be complete by mid-2020 based on the current timeline for the project.