STAGE two of the $42 million Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC) redevelopment will start in January.
The long-awaited redevelopment will include two new multi-purpose sports courts with an entry, foyer, administration office, kiosk and first-aid facilities.
There will also be renovations to the gymnasium and group fitness facilities, main entry, foyer, reception area, cafe, retail and meeting facilities, staff administration facilities and creche facilities.
The squash courts will be renovated and the building facades updated. In order for the extensive stage two construction works to take place, the gymnasium will be relocated to court one on December 21 and the Mandurah Basketball Association will be moved to the Halls Head Recreation Centre.
To assist with logistics, a staged solution will be implemented to alleviate parking concerns, including a new 150-bay carpark on Cemetery Road.
The carpark is due to be completed before Christmas and overflow parking on Rigel Reserve will be available throughout the construction phase.
City of Mandurah chief executive Mark Newman said since the successful opening of stage one of MARC in September, the aquatics area has had more than 97,000 visitors.
“This is one of the biggest community infrastructure projects that Mandurah has ever seen and we are excited to be entering into stage two works,” he said.
He said the City understood that stage two of the MARC redevelopment would have a significant impact on users of the centre and the wider community and was committed to reducing that impact as much as possible.
With rapidly growing attendances of more than 650,000 visitors per year, the ageing facilities at MARC had been under pressure for several years. The extensive redevelopment and refurbishment will provide a modern sporting, aquatic and recreational facility to meet the needs of Mandurah’s growing community.