The City's newest heated public pool will open this summer and I have asked Council to allow Sydneysiders the chance to try out the pool's state of the art facilities for free.
Work on the new outdoor pool facility has faced serious challenges - the discovery of contaminated soil, which needed to be treated, and extraordinarily bad weather.
We've had the wettest years on record with more than 200 days of heavy and frequent rain since construction began. This is a major outdoor construction project and most construction workers can't work in the rain.
Work to redevelop Prince Alfred Park began in October 2009. It was the first extensive upgrade of the park in 50 years.
The first and second stage of the redevelopment is already complete and includes:
- Path upgrades to make them wider and more accessible
- Tree planting
- Lighting and security improvements
- Upgrade of playing fields
- New custom designed park furniture and energy efficient lights
- New exercise area, tennis and basketball courts
- A popular new children's playground
- The completion of the Coronation Centre - a small multipurpose community hall.
We are working to ensure the swimming pool will be open for use this summer.
Once the pool is opened, it will feature a park cafe, sky-lit change rooms and a refurbished 50-metre heated pool, using the latest in filtration and pool monitoring equipment. We're creating shaded areas and landscaped spots for sunbathing as well as a new special play area complete with water toys for toddlers.
Prince Alfred Park Pool will be sustainable. Green initiatives include stormwater harvesting system and water saving fixtures, pool covers to prevent heat loss, sensor lighting and energy efficient lights, natural ventilation in change rooms to save on air conditioning and a green roof to regulate internal temperature.
A purpose-built plant room to accommodate trigeneration has also been built into the complex. The park, pool and Coronation Centre will be powered by low carbon trigeneration.
Native meadow grasses will fold over the roof of the pool building and palm trees will provide dappled shade. To maintain views across the park we are installing a lightweight fence. The building now features animated chimneys that are functional public art pieces sitting within the native roof meadow.
I look forward to seeing you there once it opens.