Artist’s impression of how the upgraded Keith Spry Pool will look
The project, delayed earlier this year due to the collapse of Mainzeal, is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014/15 and will see the floor area of the existing facility expanded by about 50 percent.
The Council’s Recreation Manager, Julian Todd, says the facility, built in the early 1980s, has long been in need of a revamp.
“Confirmation of the upgrade getting under way is great news for local swimmers. This is going to be a wonderful facility for the northern suburbs.”
New features will include an 11-metre by 12-metre programmes pool, an 11-metre by 14-metre children’s pool, a striking glass and steel building extension to house the pools, new changing rooms and a new steel roof replacing the asbestos roof on the main pool.
Julian says the existing main pool will remain open for as long as possible during the upgrade, but there will be some noise and disruption at times for pool users - especially during the initial stages when trucks will be removing the soil excavated for the new pools.
This week the Council has been briefing neighbours of the pool on the project and its impacts - and there will be two briefing sessions for the wider community at Johnsonville Community Centre tomorrow and Thursday (29 and 30 May) at 6.30pm. For more information call 499 4444.