Construction of Stromlo’s new $36.6 million leisure centre will begin in the coming weeks with completion expected at the end of next year.
On Thursday (13 September), ACT Minister for Sport and Recreation Yvette Berry and Murrumbidgee MLA Bec Cody turned the first sod for the facility at Stromlo Forest Park which will service more than 100,000 people in Weston Creek, Woden and the Molonglo Valley.
The ACT Government initially committed $33 million for the project to include a 50-metre lap and competition pool, a program pool for activities like swimming lessons and aqua aerobics, a reception, kiosk, administration offices and change rooms.
After extensive consultation with the community, the government allocated an additional $3.6 million funding for a gym, leisure pool, toddlers’ pool, splash park, crèche and more seating throughout the centre to ensure the facility meets the needs of this growing area.
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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).
Ms Berry said facilities like this are important for bringing active communities together, especially in an area like this with lots of young families.
“The Stromlo Leisure Centre will be an important asset for the growing Weston Creek and Molonglo communities, and is a welcome addition to the ACT Government’s aquatic facilities in Dickson, Manuka, Civic, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin,” she said.
“The centre is part of the Stromlo Forest Park Master Plan which is already seeing this beautiful part of Canberra become a thriving sport and recreation precinct.
“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.”
The ACT Government has appointed Kane Constructions to design and construct the Stromlo Leisure Centre, which will begin at the end of September and scheduled for completion in early 2020.