Council welcomes summer with a splash at local pools

Brisbane City Council is inviting families to take a splash at Brisbane’s 22 public pools, with summer pool hours in effect from this weekend.

Infrastructure Chairman Cr Amanda Cooper said several of Council’s pools had undergone some exciting developments over the winter shutdown period, providing even more opportunities for fun, fitness and recreation.

“Brisbane is a vibrant, subtropical city and our pools are an extremely popular spot for those wishing to maximise on the region’s climate and outdoor lifestyle,” she said.

“As part of Council’s commitment to delivering new lifestyle and leisure opportunities, Council has completed a series of upgrades at pools across the city, in time for the warmer weather.

“Council has delivered a $500,000 new aqua park at the Sandgate Aquatic Centre, which has created an exciting new water playground for children to enjoy.

“Refurbishment works were also completed at Sandgate, Colmslie and Bellbowrie pools to deliver more modern, accessible facilities.”

Cr Cooper said this summer, staying cool didn’t have to be expensive and a day at the pool was a great option for a day out with the family.

“Now the weather is heating up, Council pools will be open for longer and I encourage residents to contact their local facility for more information about open hours and entry fees,” she said.

“Council is delivering a total of five aqua parks this term, and Council has invested $7.4 million this financial year to kick off new aqua parks and pool upgrades across the city.

“$2.5 million will be invested this financial year towards a major upgrade of the Langlands Park Memorial Pool in Coorparoo, which will see a refurbishment of its 50-metre pool and the construction of a new aqua park.”

In the last financial year more than 2.6 million people went through the gates of Council’s public pools with more than 511,000 people taking part in learn to swim programs, 198,000 people completing squad training and 90,000 people taking part in aqua fitness classes.

All Council pools are participating venues of the Royal Life Saving Queensland’s Keep Watch @ Public Pools program, which aims to increase children’s water safety through parental supervision.”

For more information about Council’s pools, contact Council on 3403 8888 or visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.