THE designs of the new $26 million Scarborough Beach Pool were finalised last week.
The City of Stirling will lodge a development application for the facility, which will include changes to pool configurations to cater for additional programs and services, and a mezzanine level for commercial food and beverage outlets.
Mayor Giovanni Italiano said the 50m heated outdoor swimming pool will integrate 600sq m of food and beverage opportunities on the mezzanine level with inside and outside dining accompanied by panoramic ocean views.
“On the ground level we have expanded the kiosk area to 150sq m to accommodate pool users, beach goers and the general public,” he said.
Cr Italiano said the design had been improved to include a separation of pools to cater for swim schools, swim squads and water polo. The depth of the 50m pool at the south end has also been increased to three metres to allow water polo to run east to west and the separate leisure pool will be heated at 32C to ensure a comfortable temperature for learn-to-swim all year round.
The pool will also have spectator seating, change rooms and supporting amenities, extensive shade, relaxation areas and family spaces.
Cr Italiano said the City had consulted with stakeholders including Swimming WA, Swimming Australia, Water Polo WA and the Department of Education.
“We will ensure the pool is widely used not only by the locals and tourists but also by the swim squads and other water sports users,” he said.
“The beach pool will draw on Scarborough’s unique identity and create a vibrant hub of activity where people of all ages will be able to exercise, recreate and grab a relaxing bite to eat awhile enjoying the amazing view of the beach.”
The City has applied for grant funding via the Federal and State governments to contribute towards the project.
Construction is set to begin mid-2016 and be complete by late 2017 with the official opening in early 2018.