8 March 2018

Stromlo pool to make a bigger splash

| Ian Bushnell
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An artist’s impression of the Stromlo Leisure Centre. Images: Supplied.

The design for the proposed Stromlo Forest Park pool centre has been expanded to include more pools and facilities after community consultation, and construction on the $36.6 million project is expected to start soon.

As well as the eight-lane, 50-metre lap pool, Weston Creek and Molonglo residents will be able to enjoy a gym, splash park, leisure pool, including a toddler pool, cafe and more seating throughout the facility.

The gym will be a minimum of 700 square metres in size and include cardio equipment, pin-loaded weights, functional training, free weights as well as a group fitness studio. The gym area will also have its own dry change rooms (female, male and unisex accessible).

Designs for the splash park are being finalised, and will be subject to NCA approval. There will also be an outdoor space available for use.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Yvette Berry said the consultation received 705 online submissions and the Government had spoken to future users of the facility such as Triathlon ACT.

“It’s great that the community has been so engaged with the process and the government has been able to respond to the feedback with these additional facilities,” Ms Berry said.

“I’m confident this pool will now be an important asset for the Canberra community.”

The ACT Government has appointed Kane Constructions to design and construct the Stromlo Leisure Centre, which is expected to be complete in early 2020.

The site of the Stromlo Leisure Centre.

It will be delivered under the Stromlo Forest Park master plan. Stromlo Forest Park boasts world-class mountain bike trails, a criterium circuit, running track, equestrian trails, spectator stands and parts of the container village that have been relocated from West Basin.

A range of additional projects have also been identified as possible future developments, including tourist accommodation, an enclosed oval, district playing fields and a 12km road cycling circuit.

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