Pools and Facilities

Sport and Recreation Facilities is responsible for the planning, development, management and maintenance of all ACT Government sport and recreation facilities such as sportsgrounds, aquatic/leisure facilities and Community Recreation Irrigated Parks.

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Outdoor pools at Canberra Olympic Pool to reopen following repairs

Minister for Sport and Recreation Shane Rattenbury MLA has confirmed the outdoor dive and toddler pools at Canberra Olympic Pool will reopen following the completion of leak repair works.


In March, the Minister announced that leak investigation works would be carried out over winter, and committed to reopening the outdoor pool should the cause of the leaks be identified and subject to advice that remediation works could be undertaken at a reasonable cost.


After considering the report received following leak investigations in April, it was decided that work should proceed to repair the main source of current leaks associated with the outdoor pools so these pools can be reopened for community and sporting use.


The report confirms the repairs can be undertaken at a reasonable cost and be warranted, however the Canberra Olympic Pool is an old and complex system, well beyond its useful life.  Consequently, there can be no guarantee that all water losses will cease, or that new leaks won’t develop.
The repair works will be undertaken without the need to shut the entire facility for an extended period, so disruption to pool users will be kept at a minimum.

Community update on aquatic facilities in Civic and Tuggeranong

The current management contract at both Canberra Olympic Pool and Lakeside Leisure Centre will end on 30 June 2015. YMCA NSW has been appointed as the interim operator for the Canberra Olympic Pool, and will manage the facility from 1 July 2015 until 31 March 2016.
Both Canberra Olympic Pool and Lakeside Leisure Centre will be closed on Tuesday 30 June 2015 to allow the current operator to transition out of the facilities.
A new procurement process for the management of Lakeside Leisure Centre is currently underway, and the outcome of this process is expected to be announced in July. The new management contract will be in place when the facility reopens following the completion of refurbishment works.
Lakeside Leisure Centre will remain closed throughout July and August while substantive renovations are carried out, including retiling of the pool concourse and upgrading the change room facilities. These necessary works have been programmed to avoid the busy summer period and to coincide with the end of the current management contract. When Lakeside Leisure Centre reopens pool and gym users will enjoy a greatly improved amenity.
During the Lakeside Leisure Centre closure, some displaced user groups will temporarily relocate to the Canberra Olympic Pool. To accommodate increased demand, Canberra Olympic Pool opening hours will be extended from 5.30am to 8.30pm, the cost of lane hire will be temporarily decreased and the number of lanes will increase, with portable lane dividers used to turn 50m lanes into two 25m lanes.

Memberships and visit passes at Lakeside Leisure Centre will be frozen for the duration of the closure. Canberra Olympic Pool will be offering one and two month pro-rata memberships during this time, with more information available from Sport and Recreation Services or YMCA NSW.
Members are advised that their membership details will be passed onto the YMCA NSW (for Canberra Olympic Pool) and SRS (for Lakeside Leisure Centre), but bank or credit account details will not be divulged. All new and existing Canberra Olympic Pool members will be required to complete new direct debit authorisation forms with the YMCA NSW for all applicable memberships.
Prior to 30 June 2015, Canberra Olympic Pool and Lakeside Leisure Centre have operated under a single management contract, where members had reciprocal rights to use both facilities.  From 1 July, this arrangement will no longer apply, as the facilities will be operating under separate management contracts.


Sport and Recreation Services appreciates the patience of members and pass holders at both facilities during this transition. For further information please contact Sport and Recreation Services at sport_act@act.gov.au

Lakeside Leisure Centre Water Play Park

The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Shane Rattenbury MLA, invited Lakeside Leisure Centre members, Tuggeranong residents, and all Canberrans to cast their vote on their favourite design for the new water play park to be constructed at Lakeside Leisure Centre.
Members of the public were invited to select their favourite design from the three options available and cast their vote in person at Lakeside Leisure Centre or via the Sport and Recreation Services email (sport_act@act.gov.au). Voting closed on 28 May 2015 with nearly 1000 votes received. Overall, Option 1 was found to be the preferred option. Please note that the design included shade sails for protection from the sun, however, these were not shown on the design.


The water play park will be located within the Lakeside Leisure Centre grounds – outdoors and north-east of the leisure pool.
Construction will commence on the new water play park during the temporary closure of Lakeside Leisure Centre in July and August 2015 with works anticipated to be completed in time for the 2015-16 summer season, which starts on 1 November 2015.

New Pool Fees and Charges to Apply from 1 July 2015

New Pool Fees and Charges to Apply from 1 July 2015
From 1 July 2015, new maximum fees and charges will apply at all Sport and Recreation Services pool facilities (Canberra Olympic Pool, Manuka Swimming Pool, Lakeside Leisure Centre, Dickson Aquatic Centre and Gungahlin Leisure Centre). The maximum pool facility fees and charges are established as a Notifiable Instrument under the Public Pools Act 2015, which also commences on
1 July 2015. The full list of pool facility fees and charges can be found here.