Extended opening floated for Kardinia pool

The City is seeking community feedback on the potential to open Kardinia Aquatic Centre during the traditional ‘off season’ from May to September.

A public survey has opened to help better understand the anticipated interest from swimmers and to gauge the views of other residents.

The proposal follows an extending opening of Kardinia Aquatic Centre during 2020.

The 50-metre outdoor pool is traditionally open from October to April and shut during the colder months.

However, the South Geelong facility was open from mid-June through to the start of the normal swim season last year, during a period of COVID-19 restrictions on indoor facilities.

The Council allocated $300,000 in funding to open for the extended period, providing a quality alternative option for swimmers unable to access their normal indoor pools.

During this period, about 1000 swimmers accessed the pool for a total of 5,742 visits.

The City is now investigating the potential of keeping the outdoor pool open all-year round in 2021 and in following years.

Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher encouraged the public to have their say on the proposal.

“The expanded opening of Kardinia Aquatic Centre over winter last year was well received and proved popular for those looking to keeping active during a tough time of restrictions,” Mayor Asher said.

“We’d like to understand whether swimmers will continue to access the pool during a more regular ‘off-season’, especially if indoor facilities will also be available.”

The survey is open until 17 March.

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