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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Modern metric makeover for 1964-built pool

The City of Logan’s non-metric Beenleigh pool will close for the final time this weekend as works begin to upgrade the popular Aquatic Centre in Alamein Street.

A new 50-metre 8-lane swimming pool will anchor the new facility, replacing the current 6-lane pool which is 33-and-a-third yards long and was opened in September 1964.

At the time, completing three lengths of the pool was the equivalent of the then Olympic 100-yard race.

All recognised competition swimming is now in metres. A metre is 8.55 cm (3.37 inches) longer than a yard.

The new pool will be suitable to host official competitions and swim training, while also providing recreational swimmers with more room to cool off.

The pool will also be heated, to make swimming possible year-round.

The Beenleigh Aquatic Centre upgrade is part of Logan City Council’s Dauth Park Masterplan Stage 2 and was informed by feedback from almost 400 community members.

When completed, the centre will also feature a large water play area, modern and accessible changerooms, multipurpose rooms, shaded outdoor seating and a kiosk.

Works to improve and expand the facility’s carpark are also underway.

City of Logan Mayor, Jon Raven said Council was proud to deliver another modern swimming facility, following on from the new Jodie Henry 50m pool and other new and upgraded facilities at Logan North Aquatic Centre.

“This is just one way we are transforming Logan to better serve our growing communities,” Cr Raven said.

“Locals want affordable ways to stay active and spend time with their families – and I’m proud we are delivering that.

“All eyes will be on our city with the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. So who knows? The next Mollie O’Callaghan or Jodie Henry might be training right here in Beenleigh at the new 50 metre pool.”

Division 12 Councillor, Karen Murphy said Beenleigh pool had served the local community well for almost 60 years but it was time for a new era at the facility.

“The pool has been a well-used venue where people of all ages could discover and develop their love of swimming,” Cr Murphy said.

“We are looking forward to seeing that connection continue at this spacious new facility, which will cater to everyone from competitive lap swimmers and school swim carnivals to our smallest children just looking for a fun splash around.”

The Beenleigh Aquatic Centre upgrade is expected to be complete in 2025.

The facility will include a range of environmentally conscious design elements including solar panels and energy-efficient lighting, the recycling of water for use in toilets and construction using low-carbon concrete.

Council is aiming for the new facility to get a 5-star energy rating with the Green Building Council of Australia.

The indoor pool will remain open to the public while works are completed. Existing programs, including aqua aerobics and swimming lessons, will continue in the indoor pool.

More information about the project is available at loganleisurecentres.com.au/beenleigh-aquatic-centre-upgrade.

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