Planning a New Aquatic Leisure Centre for Parramatta
The Parramatta Swimming Centre will be closing on 31 March 2017 to make way for the new Western Sydney Stadium. The new stadium will be a larger venue requiring a greater surrounding radius, including circulation zones for pedestrian and emergency vehicle access.
Keep an eye on this page as we provide updates about planning a new aquatic leisure centre for Parramatta.
You can read more about potential sites identified for the new Parramatta pool.
1. Why is the Parramatta Swimming Centre closing?
State Government has directed that the Parramatta Swimming Centre will be closing on 31 March 2017 to make way for the new Western Sydney Stadium.
2. Where can we swim after the closure on 31 March 2017?
City of Parramatta is investigating interim and alternative arrangements to ensure ongoing access to aquatic facilities for the community until a new centre is planned such as constructing temporary indoor options and reciprocal arrangements with neighbouring facilities. City of Parramatta has allocated $1 million for interim aquatic facility options and is working with Macarthur Girls High School and the NSW Department of Education to find ways to improve capacity for learn-to-swim programs.
3. When will the new aquatic leisure centre be opened?
An ample amount of planning is needed before the construction of a new centre can begin. City of Parramatta is working closely with the Parramatta Park Trust and the State Government to deliver this project to the community as soon as possible.
4. Where will the new aquatic leisure centre be located?
Two potential sites have been identified in a site suitability study undertaken by Council and investigations are continuing to confirm a preferred location:
- corner of Park Parade and Pitt Street (north of Jubilee Avenue walkway)
- current Parramatta High School oval site (adjacent Pitt Street)
A new sports fields for the Parramatta High School oval site would need to be identified in the Mays Hill Precinct. Should the site be proven feasible, this means that aquatic services would remain in Parramatta Park and maintain similar proximity and access to the Parramatta CBD, nearby residents and public transport options .
Parramatta Trust is seeking community views on a preferred location as part of their planning on the Mays Hill Precinct Master Plan. For more information on the Master Plan, please visit their website or contact them on:
p: 02 9232 9500
5. How can I provide feedback?
We want to hear your thoughts on what is important to include in a new aquatic leisure centre. Community and stakeholder consultation currently underway includes:
- market research, focus groups, intercept surveys and online survey
- stakeholder meetings and workshops
- communications to residents and stakeholders
As plans are developed, the community will have further opportunities to have their say. To receive future updates on both the planning of a new aquatic leisure centre and on interim swimming arrangements, please email email@example.com and include your name, email, phone number and suburb or phone 1300 617 058.
6. What happens to my feedback?
The next steps are to consider the feasibility of a new centre. As part of this, City of Parramatta will consider the community’s expectations of an aquatic leisure centre. Your feedback will inform the concept designs that will be developed for the new centre.
7. How can I contact Western Sydney Stadium?
p: 1800 962 221