Weather was perfect last weekend as hundreds gathered for a final swim during the Armadale Aquatic Centre’s free End of an Era community event.
A festive crowd enjoyed the free sausage sizzle cooked by Armadale Police Rangers while Aquatic Centre Mascots Fergus the Frog and Lily the Butterfly entertained children along with other free activities including giant games, a bouncy castle and aqua inflatables.
Attendees were treated to the acoustic tunes of Robert Parker and reminisced over the photo displays of the centres 37 year history. Plans of the new facility were on display, with patrons also having a first glimpse of the future centre from a video walk-through.
Mayor Henry Zelones acknowledged the emotional Aquatic Centre staff for their months of commitment to planning of the final farewell to the old facility.
“Our community has been waiting for the construction of an indoor aquatic centre for many years, and it is now a reality, with work to commence later this year.
“The redevelopment will give our community a fantastic modern year-round facility that will include an all seasons 25 metre pool, indoor leisure pool, program pool, crèche, gym and group fitness room”, he said.
There were mixed emotions and nostalgia from staff and regular users, when Centre Coordinator Bill Parker shared fond memories and funny stories from his long tenure as Centre Coordinator for the last 28 years.
Funding for the $26 million upgrade comprises $10 million from the Federal Government’s Community Development Grants program, $1 million from the WA State Government, and the lion’s share from the City of Armadale.
Following closing speeches Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP and Chief Executive Ray Tame farewelled patrons with the tying of a ribbon on the entry doors to officially close the facility.
To keep updated on the development of the new centre please contact the City on 9394 5000.