THE new $41 million Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will be formally opened today, with a free pool party for the public.
Mayor Tom Tate said the event, dubbed Queensland’s Biggest Pool Party, was a great opportunity for the community to come and inspect the facilities and sign up for memberships.
“The aquatic centre is a community facility at its heart that brings people together and will be an important place for generations of Gold Coasters and visitors,” said Cr Tate.
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“The aquatic centre is the first Commonwealth Games venue to open to the public and delivering great legacy benefits for our community is what hosting an event such as the Commonwealth Games is all about.
“It will be great to be able to welcome back all the regular users who have been so patient during the construction of the aquatic centre and many of those people will be at the pool today.
“The aquatic centre project was an outstanding collaboration between the City of Gold Coast and the Queensland Government and by bringing the project forward two years the community is able to benefit from using the facility ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
“We have athletes past and present, family activities, entertainment, an elite diving demonstration from local stars Brittany Broben and Domonic Bedggood and a Guinness World Record attempt for the most number of bathing caps worn in one location.
“The event is also a great way to sign up to become a foundation member of the aquatic centre as well as to register for programs such as learn-to-swim. The first 100 people to sign up for memberships will receive a free commemorative towel.”
Mayor Tate also said after the event, casual visits to the aquatic centre would be the same price as the City’s other pools.
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre features a new FINA standard 10 lane 50 metre competition pool, eight lane 50 metre training pool, dive pool and 10 metre platform, 25 metre program pool, indoor learn-to-swim centre, childrens play pool, dry dive training facility, gym, café, and conferencing facilities.