Following extensive repairs and renovations, Splashez Aquatic Centre has reopened to the public.
The 69 year old facility has been given a long overdue makeover featuring a new entrance, kiosk, refurbished amenities blocks, retiling, major leak repair, installation of a disability access lift, barbecue facilities, and landscaping.
Mayor Joyce McCulloch said the opening of the pool this week would be treated as a soft opening, with the original entry utilised while the finishing touches are being applied, with a celebration held later in the year to officially reopen the facility.
“We know how patient the community has been, and we can’t thank them enough,” Cr McCulloch said.
“There is still a bit of work to be done, but we want everyone back in the pool as soon as possible.
“The support the community has shown for the upgrades has been fantastic, which goes to show how important this facility is to our community, and the extensive work has been absolutely necessary.”
A number of delays have occurred, including the discovery of major leaks requiring specialised divers and repairs and a disturbing vandalism attack causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.
Cr McCulloch said more than seven teams of local contractors have been working with Council staff around the clock during the closure to get the facility open to swimmers.
“Council are extremely proud to ensure so much of this work has been kept in our community, and we are also proud of the local contractors who have gone above and beyond to get this project across the line in time.”
The pool will reopen on Wednesday October 31, with a grand reopening to be held later this year when full works are complete. Pool entry fees are $4 for adults, $3.50 for children 4-15, and free for children 3 and under.
More information can be found at: http://www.mountisa.qld.gov.au/splashez-public-pool