Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

New Ashfield Aquatic Centre expected to attract 500,000 visits a year

New Ashfield Aquatic Centre expected to attract 500,000 visits a year
July 28, 2020

With its rebuilding on target for completion in September, Sydney’s Inner West Council today invited media representatives to view the $44.7 million redevelopment of the Ashfield Aquatic Centre.

Part of a $65 million investment in aquatic and recreation facilities by the Council, the upgrading of the Centre, which first opened in 1963, will see it offer four indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness centre, a spa and steam area, and a café.

Commenting on the need for the upgraded facility, Simon Duck, the Council's Senior Manager for Sport and Recreation, explained “aquatic centres hold iconic places in Australian society.

"Not just for participation in recreation and fun but for socialisation with peers, family socialisation and inter-generational activities.

"They're incredible hubs of community attendance with programs for all age ranges (such as) learn-to-swim and fitness programs plus squads, personal training and exercise physiology. "

Emphasising that said the value of aquatic centres was shown when they were forced to close during the recent Coronavirus lockdown - only reopening in recent weeks for restricted numbers - noting “people rely on health and wellness for their wellbeing.

"Reopening pools has been incredibly important."

Duck expects the new facility to attract 500,000 visits a year.

The high quality and cost effective design features a number of state-of-the-art features including the Australian-first installation of Akvo Spiralift floating floor from S.R.Smith in the outdoor program pool able to accommodate uses including swimming lessons, water polo matches and aquafitness classes, with the floor able to be raised and lowered on demand.

Simon Duck, Senior Manager for Sport and Recreation at Inner West Council, comments on the redevelopment.

The Ashfield Aquatic Centre (AAC) development includes:

• A new 50 metre outdoor pool with accessible ramp and moveable boom
• A new outdoor program pool with floating/moveable floor that can change its depth, opening it up for a wide range of uses
• A new children’s leisure pool with landscaping and green wall
• An improved entrance with customer service area, change rooms, crèche and retail space
• A new health and fitness centre
• New community meeting room facilities
• A community green space and covered seating
• Landscaped areas and terraces for the external pools
• Increased parking spaces.  

When open, the AAC will be managed by Drew Brown, who commenced in the role of General Manager of the facility this month, while the Council has also announced that Robert and Philip Fallato have won the tender to operate the Centre’s café.

The Fallatos also manage the café at the Council’s Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre, Blu Aqua Kiosk, and Kellerman’s Café at Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre in Enmore.

The Council is also currently undertaking a $9 million refurbishment of Dawn Fraser Baths at Balmain.

Images: A Crystal Pools worker tiles the indoor swimming pool - retained from the original facility - at the new Ashfield Aquatic Centre (top), one of the new outdoor pools nears completion (middle) and media interest in the 'floating' floor from S.R.Smith in the program pool at the centre (below).

About the author

Nigel Benton

Co-owner / Publisher, Australasian Leisure Management

Nigel Benton is the co-owner and publisher of Australasian Leisure Management, Australia and New Zealand’s only magazine for professionals in all areas of the leisure industry. Having established the magazine in 1997, shortly after his relocation to Australia, he has managed its readership rising to over 11,500 and its acceptance as the industry journal for professionals in aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues.

As of 2020, he has launched the new Asian Leisure Business website.

Among a range of published works and features, his comments on a Blog (blogspot) from 2007 to 2011, when this website went live in its current form, may be interesting to reflect back on.

Click here to connect with him via LinkedIn.

Read more from this author

Related Articles

22nd July 2020 - Report shows how Australia’s aquatic workforce provides essential community leadership

22nd July 2020 - Construction of Gold Coast’s new Miami Aquatic Centre moves forward

9th July 2020 - Work on Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Centre redevelopment set to begin

1st July 2020 - Cities of Sydney and Adelaide power aquatic centres and sports fields with 100% renewable energy

18th June 2020 - Consultants Otium highlight how aquatic and recreation projects stimulate local communities

14th May 2020 - National Aquatic Industry Safety Committee endorses new risk management guidelines for swim schools and aquatic facilities

13th May 2020 - Community aquatic, recreation and sport industry alliance seeks 12-month stimulus package from Federal and state governments

12th May 2020 - Industry alliance provides guidance on community aquatic, recreation and sport operations in eased Coronavirus environment

11th May 2020 - ARI release guidelines for managing Coronavirus risks in reopened aquatic centres

1st May 2020 - Royal Life Saving makes the case for the reopening of Australia’s aquatic centres and swim schools

27th December 2019 - New Sydney transport link will see ventilation stack erected next to children’s pool Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre

6th November 2019 - Refurbishment project commences at Sydney’s Dawn Fraser Baths

30th October 2019 - New Ashfield Aquatic Centre to feature Australian-first moveable floor

21st October 2019 - Balmain Leagues Club and Wests Ashfield members vote to back merger of Clubs

29th July 2019 - Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre named Belgravia Leisure’s Facility of the Year

25th March 2019 - Inner West Council secures funding for redevelopment of aquatic facilities

10th July 2018 - Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre named ARI Aquatic Facility of the Year

7th June 2018 - Ashfield Aquatic Centre redevelopment moves forward

25th September 2017 - Ashfield Aquatic Centre redevelopment scheduled for late 2018 completion

9th August 2017 - Crystal Pools marks 60 years of swimming pool innovation

7th October 2016 - Inner West Council backs aquatic centre redevelopments


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

SENtag

Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

The P.A. People

The P.A. People is a specialist integrator and contractor in sound reinforcement, audio visual systems, performance lighting and production communications. Over its almost 50 year history the company…

read more

Entertainment / Events / Sport / Technology / Venues

 
 

@leisure Planners

@leisure is a team of experienced leisure, aquatic and sports facility managers and planners, with market modelling, sports management, recreation planning, business and GIS qualifications. We have…

read more

Consultants

 
 

TicketSearch Pty Ltd

TicketSearch is focused on providing businesses, organisations, and venues with affordable, efficient, and powerful self-managed ticketing solutions. The organisation has offices in Australia, New…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

LIFE FLOOR (Aus & NZ)

Our team believes floors should be beautiful, comfortable, and engineered for safety, even when wet. Life Floor tiles meet six unique performance based standards: slip-resistance, impact absorption,…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces

 
 

BODY BIKE AUSTRALIA

BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

AlphaFit

AUSTRALIAN MADE. FIT FOR PURPOSE. AlphaFit is a 100% Australian owned family company manufacturing gear specifically for the strength and conditioning, functional fitness and high-performance…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business