VICTOR HARBOR – It has been talked about for more than 30 years, but on Saturday, March 25, Victor Harbor will finally have a public swimming pool.
The official opening of the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre (FAC) will be held on Sunday, April 2, in conjunction with a free family fun day.
The official part of the celebration will be held from 11am with Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston, joining the mayors to officially open the aquatic centre.
Former Olympian Phil Rogers will also speak during the formalities.
The Fleurieu Aquatic Centre (FRAC) is a joint project between Alexandrina and City of Victor Harbor councils at a cost of about $21 million.
The project received $7.5 million from the federal government, $500,000 from the state government and $6.5 million from each council.
The FAC is managed by YMCA South Australia and offers a wide range of programs and services designed to meet the different needs of the community from young people through to older adults and people with disability.
The FAC will boast an eight-lane 25m swimming pool, multi-use warm water pool, leisure and children’s pools, outdoor ‘splash and play’ park, fitness centre gym, crèche and more.
Centre manager James Lomax said programs on offer included swimming lessons, aquatic fitness, gym and youth fitness.
“The YMCA approach to health and fitness is a perfect fit for the community. We know that people thrive when they challenge themselves, engage in stimulating and enjoyable activities and connect with others,” Mr Lomax said.
Older adults in the community can take advantage of the Active Adults 60-plus membership and associated programs specially designed to improving the fitness, strength and balance for the over 60s.
“In addition there is an amazing outdoor splash and play park and gorgeous grounds with barbecue facilities,” Mr Lomax said.
“We really do have something for everyone.
“Our swimming lessons start with babies from six months and go through to adults and we have specialist trained instructors who can teach people living with disability and we are accredited with the Autism Friendly Charter.
“Families can come and spend quality time together in the pools, the outdoor spaces and we’ll even take care of the kids for birthday parties.
“We welcome community groups, clubs and local groups to the centre to use the space and help us to build a happy, healthy and connected community.”
Builder Kennett Pty Ltd was the successful tender applicant and began construction on July 21, 2015. The centre is located at Ocean and Waterport roads, Hayborough.
For more information visit www.victorharbortimes.com.au or www.fleurieuaquaticcentre.com.au