Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre Case Study

RMP were engaged by Leichhardt Council in 1990 to review the operation of the Leichhardt Park pools. 

A recommendation was made to heat the outdoor 50m lap pool and 20m diving pool, erect plastic wind breaks and install a pool cover and at the same time modify the existing 18m program pool. 

The Program Pool required a depth change, significant upgrade to water turnover and a new plant room with heating and a new leisure pool enclosed by a light-weight structure with heated air to maintain 32 deg. C in the pool for learn-to-swim and hydrotherapy. 

A new entry and child-minding area was developed and the change rooms reduced in size to create a fitness centre and aerobic room accessible from the foyer. 

RMP worked with Council to employ a new manager and key staff and with the architect to ensure the operational and functional aspects were integrated in the changes to the original building. 

In 2005 RMP were again engaged to develop a Master Plan for the Centre and, after extensive community and stakeholder consultation, a two stage plan was presented to Council with a supporting Business Case for the first stage. 

The Council accepted the report and work was commenced to design and build a new modern Fitness Centre with a new indoor program pool integrated to an expanded and upgraded entry with new reception, shop and café. 

This project was completed in 2010 and has been an outstanding success with the Centre able to operate without subsidy from Council but still able to provide excellent value-for-money for the community and offer significant subsidies for those who require it.

Established in 1982 by Denis Pontin, RMP & Associates Pty Ltd is a specialist Leisure Management and Planning Consultancy with offices at Palm Beach and Turramurra NSW Australia

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