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Aquatic Leisure Centre - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Why is the City developing a new aquatic leisure centre?

The City of Parramatta Local Government area is changing. Our community is expected to double in size to almost 400,000 residents in 2036. As one of the fastest-growing regions, our City needs a new, contemporary aquatic leisure centre to meet community needs now and for many decades to come.

Aquatic and leisure facilities play an important role in providing health and wellbeing benefits for our community across all age groups. Everyone, from children to seniors, people with a range of abilities, backgrounds, skills and interests enjoy our centres. They’re a lively part of our city and act as a meeting place for a diverse and interactive community.

2. Why was the Parramatta War Memorial Swimming Pool closed?

The Parramatta War Memorial Swimming Pool, a much-loved traditional outdoor-only facility, was closed in March 2017 to allow for the development of Bankwest Stadium. The new, larger stadium required a greater surrounding radius, including circulation zones for pedestrian and emergency vehicle access. 

3. Where can we swim in the meantime?

City of Parramatta manages two other swim facilities - Epping Aquatic Centre and Macarthur Girls High School pool.

Epping Aquatic Centre offers community access to swimming lessons and lap swimming through its 6-lane, 50m outdoor pool. Other onsite facilities include a covered toddlers’ play pool, change rooms and showers and a snack bar.

Council has made a substantial investment in upgrading facilities at Macarthur Girls High School. The 6 lane, 25m outdoor heated pool is available for swim school lessons and lap swimming only. The facilities also offer accessibility features including toilets and changing room, parking and entry ramp.

Visitors to Lake Parramatta will notice a larger designated swimming area and upgraded facilities including a viewing platform and picnic areas. Council provides lifeguard services throughout the summer school holidays and weekends.

A number of other non-City of Parramatta Council managed aquatic facilities are also accessible, including Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Merrylands Swimming Centre and Granville Swimming Centre.

Free water play is also available at James Ruse Reserve (Parramatta), Phillip Ruddock Water Playground (Dundas Park) and the Centenary Square fountain.

For more information about other options (including nearby local government areas) for cooling off, learn-to-swim classes and lap swimming, visit the City of Parramatta Council.

4. Where will the new aquatic leisure centre be located?

The Mays Hill Precinct within Parramatta Park has been confirmed as the location for the new centre. This location was decided as part of a comprehensive master plan and community consultation on the 20ha Mays Hill Precinct.

The new aquatic and leisure centre will sit on the eastern portion of the former golf course, adjacent to Park Parade near the corner of Pitt Street. Part of the design brief for the new centre was to respect the open space and heritage values of the parkland.

For more information, see the Mays Hill Precinct Master Plan on the Parramatta Park website.

Preferred Location of new Parramatta Aquatic Leisure Centre

5. What will the new aquatic leisure centre look like?

The concept design for the new aquatic and leisure centre - by Andrew Burges Architects, Grimshaw Architects, and McGregor Coxall – was chosen from a shortlist of four exceptional entries following a high-calibre international Design Excellence Competition.

Unique features include sensitive integration with the site’s parkland surrounds, a generous use of space and light, as well as single-level accessible entry and pathways. The design also takes into account the heritage, topography and other constraints of the Mays Hill Precinct, Parramatta Park site.

Further detailed design work will now be undertaken before a development application is lodged in 2020.

New designs for Parramatta Pool

6. When will the new aquatic leisure centre open?

Following the announcement that the State Government and Council will co-fund the project, Council is working to deliver the new centre as quickly as possible, while ensuring the project represents value for ratepayer’s investment – both now and throughout the centre’s life.

The new aquatic and leisure centre is expected to open in 2023.

7. What’s happening now?

A short period of additional design development and due diligence is required to finalise the full concept design and ensure the scheme can address budget, heritage and functional considerations.  A suite of images will be released at the conclusion of this period along with the final concept design in readiness for development approval in 2020. 

The new aquatic and leisure centre is expected to open in 2023.

8. Where can I find more information?

See the More Information page.