THE tap was turned on for the first time at the new indoor 50 metre pool at the Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre last Friday.
The pool will require nearly two megalitres of water and will take around three days to fill completely. Once full, the contractors will begin the complicated task of balancing the water temperature and chemical composition, commissioning the cutting edge treatment systems and getting the facility ready for its first users.
Works on the surrounding facility are now in their final stages. The finishing touches are being applied to the walls, and the final trade – floor tiling around the pool concourse – is in full swing. Refurbishment of the warm water pools area is also nearing completion. The project remains on schedule for an April 2015 opening.
Meanwhile, expansion works are being carried out to add approximately 100 additional car parks to the Prince of Wales Park precinct. Demolition of the old car park is currently underway to make room for an expanded and more efficient design.
Related packages of work, including solar water heating, grandstand event seating and landscaping works are currently out to tender and will be completed in the coming months.
The new indoor 50 metre pool is being built at the Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre, Gillies Street North. Deputy Mayor Cr Peter Innes said he was very impressed so far.
“This is the first time I’ve been in here and it looks absolutely brilliant,” he said. “This will be a great asset for the city and for a city of Ballarat’s size we should have a 50 metre pool.”