A lot has happened in Salisbury’s Recreation Precinct since last July when Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM turned the first sod at Happy Home Reserve. Work on the Salisbury Aquatic Centre has been bubbling away through 2023 with exciting designs finalised after the completion of a survey and various community consultations both online and in person last year asking the community what they would like to see and enjoy in their new recreation centre.
Construction is well on the way with the old infrastructure of the previous facility gone and slab foundations laid for the new indoor area and pool. The structures for the new centre are going up and reinforcements are being added to the base and sides of the pools in preparation for tiling. This project has created 90 jobs during construction with 27 ongoing jobs to be created upon the project’s completion.
Plans indicate there will be a sleek and bright new facade to the centre with a turnstile entry to the reception and a café across the way with seating areas right at the entrance. Further in, the centre will house a heated 25-metre-indoor pool with four lanes and a smaller program pool for those learning to swim. All pools will have generous railings for easy access, and indoor changerooms will be right alongside the pools with separations for children and families, and special changerooms with more space for easier disability access.
Down the other path from the entrance is the gym that features a window overlooking a 50-metre outdoor lap pool. The grand feature of the precinct will be the two impressive towers of technicolour water slides at the pool’s end, flanked by two water play areas with a range of bubblers and sprayers to cater to the youngest of visitors.
The result is a luxurious reimagining of the beloved public pool that served the City of Salisbury for over 60 years. Outdoor features provide variety, with good accessibility to each area, and indoor facilities give the community safe and comfortable 24/7 access throughout the year. The capacity to throw in a gym session and food options rounds out a lavish experience for visitors to relax and connect with friends.
Millions have been invested in this project to create a well-planned and exciting feature for the community that also complements the existing natural beauty of the area’s walking trails. The project is an impressive marker towards the city’s progress towards the provision of quality facilities for a growing and dynamic city.