Ashfield gets new aquatic centre in time for summer

Ashfield Aquatic Centre. Photo: Inner West Aquatics/Facebook.

The redevelopment of the old Ashfield Pool into the state-of-the-art Ashfield Aquatic Centre is complete, giving Inner West residents access to five new pools, as well as spas, saunas and a new gym.

Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne said the facility – the largest infrastructure project in the LGA’s history – was ready to receive visitors, and encouraged people to dive in and discover the new attraction.

“People will be blown away by how beautiful the new pools, gym, spa and saunas are,” said Byrne.

“After such a horrendous year, this awesome new facility has opened just in time to give local residents and the people of Sydney a new outdoor, summertime destination.

“The rebuilding of the old Ashfield Pool is the largest community infrastructure project in our history, and we have now delivered [a] multi-purpose aquatics and health and fitness facility that our community will enjoy for generations to come,” he said. 

Byrne said there would be a range of programs available in both aquatics, and general health and fitness, providing programs for all ages, from toddlers to seniors. 

Ashfield’s swim and water polo clubs, which have a long history at the site, have been welcomed back, with the new aquatic centre ensuring they have a base for training and competitions for years to come.

“Our new facility is unique with a state-of-the-art the movable floor and other features such as the pool boom ensuring there are options to provide a diverse range of programs at all times of operation,” said Byrne.

The opening of the Ashfield Aquatic Centre comes as the council prepares to reopen the heritage listed saltwater tidal pool at Balmain, the Dawn Fraser Baths.

The baths, which have been closed for restoration since September 2019, will reopen before the end of the year. 

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