Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Darwin aquatic centre reaches build milestone

City of Darwin Council’s flagship infrastructure project, the Casuarina Aquatic and Leisure Centre, has reached a significant milestone with construction now 90% complete.

The $26.8 million centre, made possible by an investment of $19.3 million from the Council supported by $7.5 million from the Australian Government, is set to be a dynamic community hub when it opens in mid-2024, said Lord Mayor, Kon Vatskalis.

The Mayor said the centre will provide safe, accessible and healthy exercise options for the community.

“We are delighted to see how well the Casuarina Aquatic and Leisure Centre is progressing, with construction already at 90 per cent completion,” he said.

“The new centre isn’t just about pools; it’s about accessibility, engagement and a healthier, happier future for locals and visitors.

“The water is starting to go into the 25-metre, six-lane pool which is very exciting.

“Once complete, the Casuarina Aquatic and Leisure Centre is going to be a world-class, accessible recreational space to play, swim, eat and relax.

“It will be a modern, family-friendly place that will provide social and physical benefits for our community,” he said.

The Casuarina Aquatic and Leisure Centre will be open to residents and the wider community and has been specially designed for people of all ages to use and enjoy, the Lord Mayor said.

“We are confident this will be a very special place to be enjoyed by generations of families and the community.”

Additional features at the centre include a resort-style lagoon featuring an aqua tower, fountains, water squirts; a dry play area featuring a unique sensory dome; a grassy lounge lawn featuring a basketball half-court and plenty of open space; swimming club rooms and leased spaces for allied health and associated facilities.

Design of the aquatic centre also features maximum accessibility options, including zero-depth access to all pools and equal access to amenities, buildings, playgrounds and open play and recreation areas. 

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