CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN!

With Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer and Minister Dr Geoff Lee officially kicking off the project in March, construction on Parramatta’s new $88.6 million aquatic and leisure centre has begun. Check out the video below!

To ensure community safety, the appointed builder, Lipman, has installed fencing with shade cloth around the entire construction site.

Opening in 2023, Council is investing an extra $11.6 million on top of its initial commitment of $38.5 million to future-proof the facility and to cater for Parramatta’s growing population. The project is being co-funded by the NSW Government - $38.5 million is being invested in the state-of-the-art facility through the Restart NSW Fund.

The new aquatic and leisure centre has been designed to integrate seamlessly with the lush surrounds of Parramatta Park and reflects many of the features the community said were important at various consultation points throughout the development of the project.

The centre will include a 10-lane, 50m outdoor pool; 25m indoor pool; indoor learn-to-swim pool; indoor water playground; spa and sauna facilities; café; fitness centre; multipurpose community rooms; and up to 200 parking spaces.

Solar panels will also be installed on sections of the centre’s roof, generating approximately 142,000 kilowatts of power annually, and 489 trees will be replanted on site.

The new centre will be located at the Mays Hill Precinct in Parramatta Park. Following community consultation, this location was decided as part of a comprehensive masterplan on the 20-hectare Mays Hill Precinct.

The facility will include sensitive integration with the site’s parkland surrounds, a generous use of space and light, as well as single-level accessible entry and pathways. The design also takes into account the heritage, topography and other constraints of the Mays Hill Precinct Parramatta Park site, and will sit on the eastern portion of the former golf course adjacent to Park Parade near the corner of Pitt Street.

Have Your Say

The Development Application (DA) for the Parramatta aquatic and leisure centre was exhibited for public feedback and submissions closed on Thursday 25 June 2020. The DA has now been approved by the Sydney Central City Planning Panel.

There will be more opportunities to have your say on the new Parramatta aquatic and leisure centre in the future.

To receive email updates on both the planning of the new aquatic and leisure centre and on interim swimming arrangements, email poolupdate@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au with your name and suburb.

What have we heard so far?

The designs have been informed by comprehensive community consultation carried out in 2017, with almost 3,000 respondents.

The focus of the consultation was to confirm community and stakeholder needs and priorities regarding the features and facilities to be included in the new centre.

  • A modern facility capable of meeting the needs of a rapidly growing population
  • An affordable space that offers low-cost options for a quick workout or a family day out
  • A combination of outdoor and indoor pools offering year round swimming opportunities
  • Complementary recreational facilities and services with the focus on aquatics
  • Inclusive access for people of all physical abilities and suited to both competent and learn-to-swim users
  • Easily accessible by car, public transport, walking and cycling
  • A uniquely ‘Parramatta’ aquatic centre – sympathetic to the natural landscape and reflecting the cultural and heritage values of the site
  • Contemporary facilities to include modern and comfortable change rooms, hot showers, and good, affordable food and beverage options.

Project information is also available on Council’s website, see https://www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/poolupdate

Frequently Asked Questions

The City of Parramatta is changing. Our community is expected to double in size to almost 400,000 residents by 2036. As one of the fastest-growing regions in NSW, our City needs a contemporary aquatic and leisure centre to meet our community’s needs now and for many years to come.

Aquatic and leisure facilities play an important role in providing health and wellbeing benefits for our community across all age groups, abilities, backgrounds, skills and interests. Community facilities, such as the Parramatta aquatic and leisure centre, are an important part of our City and act as a meeting place for a diverse and interactive community.

The Parramatta War Memorial Swimming Pool, a much-loved traditional outdoor-only facility, was closed in March 2017 to allow for the development of Bankwest Stadium. The new, larger stadium required a greater surrounding radius, including circulation zones for pedestrian and emergency vehicle access.

The new centre will be located at the Mays Hill Precinct in Parramatta Park. This location was decided as part of a comprehensive masterplan, following community consultation, on the 20 hectare Mays Hill Precinct.

The Parramatta aquatic and leisure centre will sit on the eastern portion of the former golf course, adjacent to Park Parade near the corner of Pitt Street. Part of the design brief for the new centre was to respect the open space and heritage values and district vistas from the parkland.

For more information, see the Mays Hill Precinct Master Plan on the Parramatta Park website.

The Parramatta aquatic and leisure centre reflects Council’s vision for a multipurpose, sustainable and smart project. The team has designed a facility that is more than a swimming facility. It will be a new form of social space for the community – a place to gather with family and friends, swim and play, and enhance the community’s health and wellbeing.

The design for the new aquatic and leisure centre was completed by Andrew Burges Architects, Grimshaw Architects and McGregor Coxall Landscape Architects. The consortium was chosen from a shortlist of four exceptional entries following a high-calibre international Design Excellence Competition.

Designed by Andrew Burges Architects, Grimshaw Architects and McGregor Coxall, the aquatic and leisure centre will feature a 50m, 10-lane heated outdoor pool with seating; a 25m, 8-lane heated indoor recreational pool; a dedicated, heated indoor Learn to Swim pool; indoor water playground; a range of change rooms and facilities; multipurpose community rooms; spa and sauna facilities; a fitness centre, including a modern gym and program rooms; cafe; and 200-plus parking spaces.

The centre includes sensitive integration with the site’s Parramatta Park surrounds. The building will offer a generous use of space and light, as well as single-level accessible entry and pathways. The ring enclosure that forms the primary identifying element of the design takes inspiration from both the history of farm enclosures and river swimming enclosures along the Parramatta River. The design also takes into account the heritage, topography and other constraints of the Mays Hill Precinct.

All visitors to Parramatta’s aquatic and leisure centre will have equal access. Accessible features have been incorporated in the facility’s design. These include:

  • universally accessible change facilities for people of all ages and abilities;
  • accessible lift and ramps to all indoor and outdoor areas;
  • ramps in 50m and 25m pools, and a beach-like, zero-depth entry in the water play zone.

Council wants everyone to be able to enjoy its new community facility so accessibility is at the forefront of planning and design.

City of Parramatta Council has announced the appointment of Lipman as the contractor for Parramatta’s new $88.6 million aquatic and leisure centre. Lipman is an Australian family-owned commercial builder that has operated in Sydney for more than 55 years.

They have proven experience in delivering aquatic and leisure facilities, including Raging Waters Sydney (formerly Wet’n’Wild) and Trinity Grammar Aquatic Centre, as well as key public infrastructure such as Parramatta’s O’Connell Street Public School.

Following approval of the Development Application in December 2020, the official first sod turning ceremony was held in March 2021 and construction has just begun. Due to the complexity and sensitivity of the site, the new aquatic and leisure centre is expected to officially open in 2023.

With approval of the Development Application granted in late 2020, the City of Parramatta and the NSW Government have commenced construction of the new Parramatta Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

The construction area has been fenced to create a compound and earth-moving equipment is on site.

The first stage of the project will be excavation to prepare the site for the 40,000 square metre facility.

Construction updates will be provided throughout the program. The new aquatic and leisure centre is expected to open mid-2023.

To receive email updates on the progress of the project, email poolupdate@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au with your name and suburb or visit the more information page.

You can also watch this page for updates, our City of Parramatta Facebook page and our City of Parramatta website.