Partnership secures Langlands Pool expansion

A key sporting and recreational precinct in Brisbane’s inner-south is set for a major revitalisation, with plans to upgrade the Langlands Park Memorial Pool Complex at Greenslopes today given the green light.

Finance and Economic Development Chairman Krista Adams said the ageing complex would undergo a major makeover, with Civic Cabinet this week endorsing the plan for exciting new lifestyle and leisure opportunities for residents.

“The Lord Mayor announced a major upgrade of Langlands Park Memorial Pool Complex as part of his 2016 re-election campaign, and today we can announce that on top of a complete refurbishment of existing facilities, a brand new 25-metre pool will be constructed, as well as a new learn-to-swim pool,” Cr Adams said.

“The upgrade will create new lifestyle and leisure opportunities for local residents and will be funded by Council and pool lessee Storytime Swim Centres Pty Ltd.

“The project will see a range of improvements on-site, including the refurbishment of the 50 metre heated pool to include an additional lane, new pool infrastructure, aqua park, and upgraded change rooms and facilities.”

Cr Adams said on top of a new and improved pool complex, residents would also benefit from a new off-road parking solution which would make the pool far more accessible and reduce congestion in local streets.

“Council has partnered with Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League as part of a new 20-year lease arrangement which will see around 30 car parks set aside for pool patrons,” she said.

“Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League has been a strong organisation in the community for more than 50 years, and this partnership with Langlands Pool Complex will increase opportunities for local families to get involved in the sporting community.”

Coorparoo Ward Councillor Ian McKenzie said the expanded pool upgrade would be welcome news for residents, with facilities on offer for all ages and abilities.

“Since opening in 1958, Langlands Park Memorial Pool has been enjoyed by the community but has never received a major refurbishment, making this upgrade essential to ensuring the facility can be utilised well into the future,” Cr McKenzie said.

“More than 173,000 people visited Langlands Pool last financial year, and this figure will only grow once works are completed and residents have access to a range of world-class facilities suitable for toddlers right through to competition-grade swimmers.”

The proposal will go to Full Council for final sign-off next Tuesday. Works will commence next year and be completed by the end of 2019.

[Ends] 18 OCTOBER, 2017