A NEW 50-metre swimming pool will be built in the Weston Creek area, it was announced today.
The preferred site for the $33 million new pool is land adjacent to Stromlo Forest Park, according to Minister for Sport and Recreation Andrew Barr, and work is due to begin in 2016 for an expected completion in 2018.
The ACT Government engaged an independent consultant to investigate other suitable sites near the Weston Group Centre that could accommodate an aquatic centre.
The feasibility study investigated five sites, and concluded that the proposed site at Stromlo Forest Park was the most suitable location for an aquatic facility to service the needs of Weston Creek, Molonglo and nearby areas.
The Minister says the new facility’s design will incorporate similar elements to those provided at the Gungahlin Leisure Centre development, which may include a 50-metre pool, a water play area for children, a cafe and ‘dry areas’ like a gymnasium.
The final inclusions will be confirmed through a detailed design process scheduled to take place in 2015-16.