PEOPLE queued early this morning to be among the first to use the Scarborough Beach pool.
City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin, Coastal ward councillor Karen Caddy and chief executive Stuart Jardine welcomed swimmers to the $26 million facility from 5.30am.
Scarborough resident Chris Williams was first through the doors and said she wanted to celebrate her birthday with a dip in the new pool.
“It was fabulous; it’s a really perfect temperature, the salt water smells nice and it’s good it’s an Olympic-sized 50m pool,” she told Community News after her swim.
Ms Williams expects to visit the facility several times a week.
Young Scarborough swimmers Kerrie Tierney (11) and Neve (11) and Jasmine Gaunt (9) also gave it their tick of approval, trying out the leisure pool.
Mother Katrina Gaunt said they were eager to be there for the opening.
“It’s a pretty historic event, it’s nice to be part of it and I’ve been watching it develop,” she said.
“It’s a fantastic complex, it’s great to bring the local community together.
“Now the beach is a facility for everyone.”
Cr Irwin, who joined swimmers in the pool, said the opening ended a long journey for the Scarborough community.
“The facility will draw on Scarborough’s unique identity and create a vibrant hub of activity where beachgoers, visitors and local residents of all ages will be able to swim, train, recreate and grab a bite to eat, all while enjoying the amazing view of Scarborough Beach,” he said.
The main lap pool consists of eight 50m lanes and four 25m lanes, which is geothermally heated year-round to 27C, and there is also a leisure pool, 200-seat grandstand seating and shaded sun lounges.
It is the first facility in WA to achieve a six-star green rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.
Caf Cocolat opened last Thursday and La Capannina Italian Restaurant will open on the first floor in March.
The City will host a community open day at the pool on March 11.