Aquatic Leisure Centre - Project Background

Following the announcement of a funding partnership with the NSW Government, City of Parramatta Council will commence further detailed design development work with a view to lodging a Development Application in 2020.

The functional brief for the Design Excellence Competition included the following features:

  • Four heated pools (two indoor and two outdoor): 
    • Ten lane outdoor 50m multipurpose pool with pool-side seating to accommodate competition, lap swimming, school carnivals, leisure swimming, youth-based inflatable play and local level water polo training and competition
    • An outdoor leisure pool providing additional facilities for recreational swimming and water play
    • A dedicated indoor learn-to-swim pool with adjacent all-abilities water play zone
    • An indoor 25m pool for comfortable all-year round swimming, programming such as aqua aerobics and rehabilitation, and additional learn to swim program capacity
    • Access ramps for the 50m and 25m pools
    • A dedicated shallow water space for babies and toddlers
  • A club room for swimming and water polo clubs
  • A multipurpose community room
  • Sauna and spa facilities
  • Outdoor areas for relaxing and viewing aquatic activities
  • Modern change rooms and amenities that are family friendly
  • A fitness centre (gymnasium, cardio room and programming rooms)
  • A café
  • Approximately 212 at grade car park spaces.

Location of Aquatic Leisure Centre

Preferred Location of new Parramatta Aquatic Leisure Centre

What you said

In early 2017, Council consulted with the community and stakeholders in order to confirm their needs and priorities regarding the features and facilities to be included in the new centre. Almost 3,000 people responded highlighting the following features:

  • A modern facility capable of meeting the needs of a rapidly growing population
  • An affordable space that offers low-cost options for a quick workout or a family day out
  • A combination of outdoor and indoor pools offering year round swimming opportunities
  • Complementary recreational facilities and services with the focus on aquatics
  • Inclusive access for people of all physical abilities and suited to both competent and learn-to-swim users
  • Easily accessible by car, public transport, walking and cycling
  • A uniquely ‘Parramatta’ aquatic centre – sympathetic to the natural landscape and reflecting the cultural and heritage values of the site
  • Contemporary facilities to include modern and comfortable change rooms, hot showers, and good, affordable food and beverage options.

In November 2017, Council spoke to the community and stakeholders to test priorities for facility inclusions based on potential budget limitations or if further funds became available:

  • The general mix of facilities suggested was well supported to meet current and future needs – in consideration of a growing community with highly diverse interests and needs
  • A combination of indoor and outdoor pools was preferred over a completely outdoor option
  • Core swimming components such as a 50 metre pool for lap swimming and carnivals, space for local water polo needs, learn-to-swim, and water play facilities were prioritised highest.
  • Wellness and fitness elements including warm water pools and spa/sauna, and ancillary features such as club rooms, community multipurpose spaces and better quality water play for all age groups, were also well supported should funds be available.

The following studies informed the project: