FIRST LOOK: Salisbury unveils state-of-the-art aquatic centre with year-round amenities

The new Salisbury Aquatic Centre, opens on June 24 with indoor pools, a health club, and a café. From October, enjoy outdoor pools, slides, and picnic areas.

Salisbury’s new state-of-the-art aquatic facility, the Salisbury Aquatic Centre, is set to open its doors early on Monday 24 June at 5:30am. The facility offers a wide array of indoor features available year-round. These include a Health Club, a 4-lane lap pool, a program pool, and a café that serves barista coffee and healthy food options.

As the seasons turn, from October, visitors will have access to additional summer season facilities. These include an 8-lane, 50-metre outdoor pool equipped with a shaded area, a comprehensive water play area featuring a large splash pad with a tipping bucket, three junior slides, and a 10-metre high triple waterslide tower. There is also a lawned picnic area and an outdoor kiosk designed for family outings and community gatherings.

The new centre incorporates several inclusive and convenient features to ensure accessibility for all members of the City’s diverse community. It includes heating and access ramps in all pools, secure locker storage, and a hearing loop for those with hearing impairments. The bathroom facilities are ample and include a family change room and Changing Places for those who need them.

In line with modern sustainability practices, the centre has been fitted with solar panels, LED lighting, water-efficient toilets and showers, an all-elect image facility, and lawns irrigated using Salisbury Water administered by the Council.

The construction of the $30 million Centre was managed by Mossop Construction + Interiors and was jointly funded by the City of Salisbury and the Government of South Australia through the Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program. It also received funding of $1.5 million from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program for the development of the entrance road and car park. The construction phase lasted around 20 months and involved an average of 673 skilled workers each month.

Management for the Centre will be handled by BlueFit, a renowned expert in leisure facility management. BlueFit has already opened enrolments for their Learn to Swim program and is offering Foundation Memberships that provide unlimited access to the Health Club and aquatic facilities, including group fitness classes and functional training. Details regarding entry fees and more can be found on the Salisbury Aquatic Centre’s website.

Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM expressed her enthusiasm about the new facility, “The City of Salisbury is thrilled to unveil the brand-new Salisbury Aquatic Centre. With modern features catering to everyone, it stands as a symbol of progress, inclusivity, and vitality.”

Zoe Bettison MP, Minister for Tourism and Multicultural Affairs, also shared her thoughts, stating the project’s significant impact and expressing satisfaction with the outcome, “It has been a journey to get to this moment and the result is absolutely rewarding.”

Brett McEwin, General Manager of BlueFit, commented on the operational promises, “Our local team are looking forward to delivering a diverse range of health, fitness and aquatic programs, and are excited by the opportunity to position the Salisbury Aquatic Centre as the premier leisure facility in the City of Salisbury.’

‘We cannot wait to open the doors and welcome the local community to the new Salisbury Aquatic Centre. For our new members and families, we look forward to meeting you!’

Grant Mossop, Director of Mossop Construction + Interiors, reflected on the community benefits, “Mossop takes great pride in delivering civic projects that provide great support and service to the whole community. We can’t wait to see a Centre full in the peak of summer.”

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