Aquatic Centre open day this weekend

Following its recent refurbishment, the Sapphire Aquatic Centre in Pambula is having an open day on Saturday, April 26 from 9am–2pm.

Mural competition winner Belinda Rosenbaum with Aquatic Centre staff Le Webb and Tim Klumper.

Mural competition winner Belinda Rosenbaum with Aquatic Centre staff Le Webb and Tim Klumper.

The centre was closed last week while it underwent a significant facelift, combined with a series of maintenance works.

The mural competition winner, Belinda Rosenbaum, has also now completed her painting on the back wall of the centre.

Aquatic Facilities coordinator, Le Webb, said that along with the mural being painted, the multipurpose pool was emptied, stripped back and repainted with three coats of chlorinated rubber.

New safety signage has been installed, and three multipurpose sand filters have been repaired and new laterals and sand installed.

“New energy efficient lights have been installed in the pool hall reducing the centre’s carbon footprint and ensuring there is adequate visibility for our patrons as we head into the winter months,” Ms Webb said.

“Pumps which maintain the flow to all pools were also pulled apart and the seals and bearings replaced.

"The chlorine dosing system was fully serviced along with the full interior of the pool hall, and the amenities, child minding area and the foyer have also been repainted.

“It was necessary to close the pool because the work involved removing water from the multipurpose and toddler pools and shutting off all pumps.

“The new look in the centre is a great way to refresh the original atmosphere and create a new vibe in the complex.

"We are holding a free entry open day so the public can see what changes have been made over the past week.

“There will be activities going throughout the day; children’s craft making, pool games, balloon craft, a jumping castle, the pool inflatable and also a hot dog stand.”

Entry to the centre will be free between 9am and 2pm.

Normal operating hours of 8.30am–5pm still apply at the centre on Saturday, and Aqua Aerobics will still run as scheduled at 8.30am

Open Day schedule

Children’s Craft Making – 9.00am to 1.00pm

Jumping Castle – 10.00am to 2.00pm

Pool Games – 10.00am to 12.00pm

Pool Inflatable – 12.00pm to 2.00pm

Balloon Craft – 9.00am to 11.00am

Hot Dog Stand – 11.00am to 2.00pm