Lane Cove Council’s Grand Re-Opening & Ian Thorpe Visit

Lane Cove locals can now dive into the new 50m outdoor pool at Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre. ‘The $12 million project includes a 50m outdoor pool and 800-seat grandstand accompanied by a range of accessibility and sustainability features. The new heated pool has a fibreglass swim wall which can be raised to segment the pool for a range of uses for lap swimming, swim meets and swimming carnivals including 4 x 50m lanes, 8 x 25m lanes or even 16 x 25m lanes.’

The pool and grandstand were officially opened on Saturday 3 October, which also marked the beginning of the 2020/21 swim season. ‘In attendance at the opening were Mayor of Lane Cove, Councillor Pam Palmer, Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman MP, Member for Lane Cove, the Hon. Anthony Roberts and BlueFit Ambassador and swim sensation, Ian Thorpe.’

‘Visitors to the new outdoor facility will notice the new 800-seat capacity grandstand has accessible seating, is positioned to provide maximum shelter from sun and rain and overlooks the grass recreation area on the northern side. To contribute to Council’s sustainability targets, the grandstand is fitted with a 62kw solar panel system. Other sustainability features of the project include energy filters for power and water to reduce waste-water and chemicals used in the pool; a condensing boiler which uses gas and is 92% efficient as it reuses heat from the flue and the boiler; water-saving devices are included in the new on-deck showers and on taps/showers within the change rooms and unisex toilets; LED lighting is installed using the Dali system which allows for sensors and general energy efficiency; a pool blanket helps reduce evaporation and retain heat; and a 22,000 litre rainwater tank was also installed on-site to provide irrigation to the adjacent Pottery Green Oval.

As part of Council’s ongoing commitment to inclusiveness, the project has a number of accessibility features including an accessible ramp into the water; accessible toilets; and a brand new accessible changing facility equipped with adult change table, hoist and shower which allows people with high support needs to fully participate in the community.’

We are incredibly grateful for the Lane Cove Council for making this project happen over the last few years and organising the event to celebrate the completion of the works. If you would like to dive into the new pool see the full details here.

Photography Credit: Lane Cove Council and Nina Beilby Photography.

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