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Brisbane swimmers spoilt for choice this summer

30 September, 2016

Brisbane residents can soon take advantage of the warmer weather, with the opening of the new $8 million Parkinson Aquatic Centre and the start of Council’s summer pool hours.

Brisbane Lifestyle and Community Services Chairman, Cr Matthew Bourke today announced that the Parkinson Aquatic Centre will open on October 1 with a community celebration event.

“The world-class Parkinson Aquatic Centre features an Olympic-sized 50 metre pool as well as an 18 metre indoor heated indoor leisure pool, catering to swimmers of all ages and abilities,” Cr Bourke said.

“From October 1, a range of activities will be provided at the aquatic centre, including learn-to-swim programs, squad training, aqua fitness classes and recreation swimming.

“The centre will also have a cafe, change rooms equipped with showers and toilets, and both pools will have accessibility ramps.”

Cr Bourke said that from this weekend, residents would be able to enjoy Council pools for longer hours, with several pools reopening for the first time since winter and other pools opening for longer hours.

“With school holidays just around the corner, this is a great chance to enjoy Brisbane’s subtropical lifestyle by jumping into the fun at one of Council pools,” he said.

“In preparation for summer, facilities at several Council pools have been upgraded, including Yeronga Pool, Dunlop Park Pool, Acacia Ridge Pool, Manly Pool, Colmslie Pool, Jindalee Pool and the Spring Hill Baths.

“Numbers of pool visitors have grown by 90 per cent in the last decade, with a record 2.2 million people enjoying Council’s 21 pools last year.

“More than 450,000 people took part in learn to swim programs, 186,000 swimmers participated in squad training and 48,000 took up aqua fitness classes on offer.”

Cr Bourke said the Parkinson Aquatic Centre was the fifth new pool delivered by Brisbane City Council since 2006 and follows the opening of the Emily Seebohm Bracken Ridge Aquatic Centre earlier this year.

“Over the next four years Council will complete a $6 million upgrade to Langlands Pool at Coorparoo and deliver four new kids aqua parks across the city,” he said.

For more information on Brisbane pools visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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