A REFURBISHED 50m outdoor pool and grandstand at the 20-year-old Bayswater Waves is set to re-open for casual swimmers and swimming clubs this month.
Other upgrade works including a pool boiler replacement, indoor pool earthing, waterslide replacement and a new chemical storage shed have been completed.
In November 2015, the City of Bayswater approved a 10-year refurbishment plan for the facility, which had seven pools including WA’s only wave pool, a health club, group fitness facilities and function rooms.
The City allocated $920,000 in the 2016-17 Capital Works Program and carried forward to the 2017-18 budget to partially complete the first stage of the plan.
A further $80,000 was allocated to repair concrete cancer in the grandstand in June 2017.
Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the exact opening date would be announced on the City’s Facebook page and website.
“The refurbishment work is almost complete and we’ve started filling the pool, so we’re almost there in terms of re-opening the outdoor pool to our customers,” he said.
“Once the pool has been filled, we’ll be testing all of the pumps, as well as the chlorination and water filtration systems.
“If that all goes well we’re aiming to re-open the pool at the end of the month.”
Cr Bull said the council’s $10 million investment would ensure the centre remained a major family attraction for ratepayers and residents.
Central Aquatic Swimming and Lifesaving Club coach Wayne de Lacy said members were excited to train outside after six months of training in the indoor pools.
“I think they (swimmers) will be happy to get out there,” he said.
“They have done a fair bit of work – it will be good once it is full.”
He said the club was hoping to host its first club night of 2018 in the outdoor pool on January 29.
Meanwhile, a new caf operator will take over from the current operator, which has run the caf for the past 10 years, this week.
In December, the council voted for a new operator’s proposal because while the current operator proposed to increase base rent by $1000 more than the new operator, the former made the “most acceptable offer”.
The offer included a competitive base rent amount and providing $25,000 to $30,000 to upgrade the appearance and amenity of the cafe.