PUBLIC access to the South Lake Leisure Centre’s outdoor pools and slides closed permanently last Wednesday.
The City of Cockburn will remove the pools before the 26-year-old recreation centre site is eventually handed over to Education Department to accommodate growing numbers at Lakeland Senior High School.
The complete closure of the centre will coincide with the opening of Cockburn ARC, the $109 million recreation centre being built at Cockburn Central West.
That is likely to happen at the end of May.
Margaret Curry joined the South Lake Leisure Centre in September 1991 before going on to work as a part-time receptionist, administration secretary, duty manager and her current role as administration co-ordinator.
She said the closure of the outdoor pools and the imminent end to the facility as a leisure centre would be a sad time for many families in the community.
“The centre feels like my second home,” she said.
“I would imagine some of our long-time members and families would feel the same as the centre has been a huge part of their lives.”
Ms Curry will move over to Cockburn ARC as an administration officer.
The South Lake Leisure Centre’s indoor pools will remain open until the ARC opens.