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Brisbane makes a big splash at Council pools in 13-14

19 September, 2014

Brisbane Lifestyle Chairman Cr Krista Adams today announced Council’s 20 pools had their best year ever in 2013-14, splashing the previous overall attendance record by over 17%.

Cr Adams said that people visited Council pools almost 2.1 million times in 13/14, over 307,000 more visits than the previous financial year (12/13 season: over 1.7 million visits).

“Residents are voting with their flippers, with this record-breaking attendance standing as a testament to the fantastic facilities and programs on offer at Brisbane’s pools,” Cr Adams said.

“In fact, almost half of our pools had their best year ever in the 13/14 season with a hot summer providing great conditions for these record results.”

Cr Adams said many facilities had recently undergone exciting renovation works making them even more attractive destinations for the season, including new water slides, aquatic playgrounds, heated water, and accessibility ramps, as well as improved programs and services.

“We want Brisbane to be a city where people lead active and healthy lifestyles and our great pool facilities offer communities opportunities for fun, fitness and recreation,” Cr Adams said.

“The most attended pool in 13/14 was Yeronga Pool with 227,160 attendances (a 12.3% increase on 12/13), despite the 25 metre pool being closed during the year for an upgrade to 10 lanes – which recently reopened this winter.

“Taking out the silver medal was Newmarket Pool with 214,744 attendances (a 11.7% increase on 12/13) following the opening of exciting new children’s play facilities last summer including a 30-metre waterslide with a double loop and zero depth splash pad.

“Colmslie Pool again sunk third spot, while Runcorn Pool rose back up in the ranks from ninth in 12/13 up to fourth in 13/14, with both pools adding new aquatic playgrounds and indoor and outdoor pools with heated water in recent years.

“We also saw the highly anticipated reopening of the heritage-listed Centenary pool at Spring Hill a year ago, following an extensive $5.3 million upgrade to give it a new lease on life.

“The feedback for the popular inner-city pool upgrade has been very positive which is reflected in strong attendance figures of 133,193, landing it sixth spot despite a 3-month handicap.

“Although not a top-10 placing pool, Jindalee should be commended for a very strong 20% attendance increase on 12/13, representing a great bounce back from damage sustained in the January 2011 floods, following an upgrade of its indoor heated programs pool.

“Similarly, Bellbowrie Pool officially reopened with a brand new entry building, kiosk, toilets and change rooms in November 2013 thanks to a $3.2 million facility upgrade after flood damage, which saw attendance float up 12.3% on last year.

“We continue to work hard to ensure facilities are in top condition for the start of swimming season, and are looking forward to diving into a healthy summer rush.”

Cr Adams said extended summer swimming pool opening hours started at 15 pools on Saturday 20 September, with 5 pools reopening after closing for the winter season including Carole Park, Ithaca, Sandgate, Bellbowrie and Musgrave Park.

“Council pools are accessible and inclusive community assets with facilities and programs to cater for all swimming levels – from learn to swim lessons, to competitive squad training, to recreational areas for those who would just prefer to have a relaxing dip,” Cr Adams said.

“With Brisbane’s hot summers, swimming is an ideal way to exercise as the temperature rises. A day at the pool is an affordable way to spend time in the outdoors with the family over the holidays.”

Cr Adams said Council had also announced a $14 million allocation for two brand new pool complexes, in the Bracken Ridge and Parkinson Wards, as part of Council’s broader commitment to deliver $20 million in suburban swimming pool upgrades by 2016.

For more information on the pool projects or other Council pools, call (07) 3403 8888 or visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.

Top ten attended pools for 13-14:
Pool 12/13 13/14 % change
Yeronga 202,158 227,160 12.3% up
Newmarket 192,185 214,744 11.7% up
Colmslie 172,832 183,493 6.1% up
Runcorn 95,990 163,576 70.4% up
Chermside 138,757 151,233 8.9% up
Centenary 3,478* 133,193 n/a*
Langland’s 127,951 132,204 3.3% up
Mt Gravatt East 118,341 118,321 0.01% down
Valley 113,359 113,507 0.1% up
Dunlop Park 107,143 103,008 -3.85 down

Bumper ‘best year ever’ pools for 13-14:
Pool 12/13 13/14 % change
Runcorn 95,990 163,576 70.4% up
Jindalee 75,856 91,242 20.2% up
Musgrave 71,888 82,499 14.71% up
Bellbowrie 39,410 44,275 12.3% up
Yeronga 202,158 227,160 12.3%
Newmarket 192,185 214,744 11.7% up
Chermside 138,757 151,233 8.9% up
Colmslie 172,832 183,493 6.16% up
Langland’s 127,951 132,204 3.32%

*Closed 30 June 2012 - 21 September 2013

[Ends] SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

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