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New pools take shape at Beatty Park
New pools take shape at Beatty Park

Beatty Park's indoor pool will be the first of the leisure centre's facilities to reopen to swimmers as the City of Vincent confirmed work on a $17 million revamp was powering ahead.

Council chief executive John Giorgi said yesterday the upgrade was on schedule and on budget, with the $3 million geothermal heating system expected to be running in two weeks.

He said the indoor pool, which had been retiled and fitted with a new children's slide, was expected to reopen in early July.

Mr Giorgi said the outdoor pool, which was being expanded from eight to 10 lanes, had also been rebuilt with tiling set to start this week. A ramp had been installed to provide better access. The outdoor pool was due to reopen in late September or early October.

As part of stage one works at the centre, the former diving pool has been remodelled for swimming, with the depth cut by half to about 2m and a 20m outdoor learners' pool added.

A new entrance, gym, shop, creche, change rooms and group fitness rooms are also planned.

Mr Giorgi said concrete was poured for the floor of the gym last week, while works to spruce up the grandstand had also made good progress.

"We've repainted all the grandstand ceiling, all the blue part," he said. "We've taken all the seats out of the grandstand because we want to make sure that's all waterproof and there were holes and cracks in that."

Mr Giorgi said the council hoped to have the entire project finished by Christmas.

"It will be really cutting it tight," he said. "But if (the builders don't finish) they will obviously come back and do a complete finish by February next year."

Built for the Empire Games in 1962, Beatty Park has hosted the Queen Mother, concerts and countless beauty pageants.

Mr Giorgi said the council was planning the centre's 50-year celebration, which included a new book covering the centre's history.