Construction on the $500,000 Aquatic Playground Upgrade by Playrope was completed on 4 July and is now ready for use when the pool reopens in September 2017.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said, “the existing wading pool slide has been removed, and the depth of the pool has been raised to create both shallow and deeper areas that cater to a wider range of age groups.”
– Wading pool transformed into all aged play area
– Interactive all-abilities water play area installed
– Splash tower with tipping bucket
– User directional water jets
– Water fountains and spray features
The new Aquatic Centre at Sandgate has long been an asset for the area and provides an important recreational facility for the surrounding suburbs, with 55,000 visitors using the centre in the past year and with the new additions this number for the 2017 summer is sure to increase.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said, “this has delivered more play features for younger children, creating a more family-friendly atmosphere for residents, and transforming what was once just a trip to the local pool to a fun-filled day out for the entire family. Our world class pools are a popular destination for people looking for a great day out, and we continue to invest in new and upgraded facilities”
Image source: Brisbane City Council.
Designed by City Projects Office of Brisbane City Council, the proposal seeks to upgrade of an existing wading/leisure pool for the purposes of providing additional opportunities for activities within the pool complex (a heritage listed place).
Proposed development involves new structures and rearrangement and the existing leisure pool to include the following:
– Additional 25sqm of additional water surface area
– Adjustments floor grade to include a new zero depth and shallow area
– New splash pool playground includes large bucket drop and water play equipment
– New raised wall will separate the wading pool and leisure pool
– The existing leisure pool slides will be relocated to the west
– The existing pool pump will be upgraded to service the new water features.
– The swimming pool will be open from 5:30am and close at 7pm.
– With further demand the swimming pool could remain open until 10pm
A heritage report, outlines that “The fabric of the aquatic playground (leisure – wading pool) at Sandgate Pool is not significant; however the role the facility plays in contributing to the recreational values of the foreshores is. The proposed upgrade of the aquatic playground will enhance the recreational values of the pool and the foreshores and will contribute to the evolution of the pattern of recreation along the foreshores. The historic, aesthetic and social values of the Bramble Bay Foreshores will not be adversely affected”.
According to the planners at City Projects Office, “the works are consistent with the type of existing development on the site, with the minor extension of the aquatic playground to accommodate additional splash pool playground equipment. These works will increase opportunities for increased activities and access to high quality aquatic facilities on site. The scale, siting and purpose of the development are such that there are applicable codes and assessment criteria within the Brisbane City Plan 2014”
The Code application was lodged 26 July 2016 and approved 3 August 2016 @231 Flinders Parade, Sandgate (Sandgate Pool). Source: Application Report and Plans were prepared by City Projects Office, Heritage Statement was prepared by Kristin Brown (Landscape Architecture) and available for review from BCC pdonline. See Council reference: A004441822 for more information. Images of the existing pool to be upgrades sourced from Brisbanekids.com.au and Brisbane City Council