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NSW Government announces $77 million partnership to build new Parramatta Pool
Two years of uncertainty over the development of a new aquatic centre to replace the former Parramatta War Memorial Swimming Pool appear to have been ended with the announcement of a $77 million funding partnership between the NSW Government and Parramatta City Council to build a new facility.
After more than a year of negotiations an agreement between the Council and the NSW Government will see the new facility replace the pool demolished to make way for the new Bankwest Stadium.
NSW Minister for Sport John Sidoti announced this morning that the new facility will include a 10-lane 50-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre indoor pool, learn-to-swim facilities, fitness centre, change rooms, cafe and parking facilities.
Initial concepts from a design consortium of Andrew Burges Architects, Grimshaw Architects, and McGregor Coxall - which has also designed the City of Sydney’s new Green Square Aquatic Centre -show an innovative dish shaped design with the 50 metre pool as its centrepiece.
Advising that the City of Parramatta has agreed to take full control of the construction of the pool, Minister Sidoti stated “Parramatta deserves a pool which caters for competition, learn to swim classes, recreation and relaxation. The commitment of $38.5 million from the NSW Government will help make this happen.
“The NSW Government and Parramatta Council are on the same page when it comes to delivering an outstanding all-year-round aquatic facility that gives the community what they have asked for.”
The original pool was demolished in April 2017 but a replacement had been delayed along with funding for the centre was in doubt.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson said the winning design “was chosen from a shortlist of four exceptional entries following a high-calibre international design excellence competition.”
Images shows artist impressions of the planned new facility from the design consortium of Andrew Burges Architects, Grimshaw Architects, and McGregor Coxall.
14th May 2019 - Parramatta Eels secure funding for new high-performance centre
8th August 2018 - Stand-in Parramatta Pool opens at Sydney’s Macarthur Girls High School
26th June 2018 - NSW Government refuses additional funding for new Parramatta pool
28th February 2018 - Planning advances for new Parramatta Aquatic Leisure Centre
27th December 2017 - Parramatta Council defers aquatic centre decision until February 2018
16th November 2017 - Community feedback sought on planned new Parramatta new aquatic centre
5th July 2017 - New Parramatta Pool unlikely to open before 2020
24th January 2017 - Parramatta Council claims progress with plans for future swimming arrangements
20th January 2017 - Parramatta Council faces future without year-round swimming pool provision
2nd June 2016 - Parramatta Stadium redevelopment enters design phase
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