If you have been to Parramatta lately, you will have noticed the hive of activity and development with large cranes scattered throughout the skyline. It’s an exciting time to work & live in Parramatta.
Many of us at BBR have worked and /or lived in Parramatta for quite a while, some as long 40+ years. Some of the exciting changes include the completion of Parramatta square which is “Spread over three hectares, this city style precinct will transform the heart of Parramatta CBD into a vibrant, cosmopolitan, commercial and residential precinct” with University of Western Sydney Campus occupying 26,000 square meters, library, community centres, public domain and Australia’s Largest commercial tower “8 Parramatta Square” (https://www.walkercorp.com.au/commercial/parramatta-square/)
Parramatta SquareParramatta Square
Another great project is the New Aquatic Centre set to be built in Parramatta Park. The Parramatta and District War Memorial Swimming Pool opened in October 1959 where 5000 people attended the grand opening. Since then Parramatta has grown exponentially and now has more then 234,000 residents and is estimated this number will grow by 65.56% or 154,051 people by 2036 (ref: https://forecast.id.com.au/parramatta/population-summary) and closed in April 2017 for the final time to make way for the new development.
“The new aquatic centre is a crucial piece of social infrastructure for Parramatta. This will involve a significant investment from Council but once complete, the centre will service our City for generations to come, so it’s important that we incorporate all the facilities our growing community will need, now and in the future,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.
Facilities will include
Four heated pools (two indoor and two outdoor)
Ten lane outdoor 50m multipurpose pool with pool-side seating to accommodate competition, lap swimming, school carnivals, leisure swimming, youth-based inflatable play and local level water polo training and competition
An outdoor leisure pool providing additional facilities for recreational swimming and water play
A dedicated indoor Learn to Swim pool with adjacent all-abilities water play zone
An indoor 25m pool for comfortable all-year round swimming, programming such as aqua aerobics and rehabilitation, and additional learn to swim program capacity
Access ramps for the 50m and 25m pools
A dedicated shallow water space for babies and toddlers
A club room for swimming and water polo clubs
A multipurpose community room
Sauna and spa facilities
Outdoor areas for relaxing and viewing aquatic activities
Modern change rooms and amenities that are family friendly
A fitness centre (gymnasium, cardio room and programming rooms)