Waves Aquatic Centre Upgrade

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WHAT IS BEING PLANNED FOR WAVES?

Located near the beautiful Roxborough Park Rose Garden and AH Whaling Reserve, Waves is an iconic part of the Hills. Investigations are underway to determine the feasibility to upgrade the aquatic centre into a new and improved facility.

Council will work with the community and key user groups to develop detailed draft concept plans and provide opportunity for review and comment.

Waves fitness and aquatic centre remains open for business.

 

WHY UPGRADE WAVES?

Planning to meet the needs and aspirations of the Hills Shire community involves consideration of current and future recreation and leisure needs. This includes both new and existing facilities.

Community aquatic facilities play an important role in providing residents social, recreational and sporting opportunities. While there is community interest in a future second aquatic facility, we must first assess and address the existing offering at Waves. Opened in 1967, the facility is aging. With modern upgrades and design improvements the future use and experience of Waves will be enhanced.

 

WHAT HAS BEEN DONE SO FAR?

Preliminary consultation with visitors to Waves was undertaken in September 2017. We asked about user experience of the venue and aspirations for future improvements. A business case for an upgrade was developed using visitor feedback, community comments, usage data, industry trends and technical assessments.

Results from the September 2017 Survey

Summary of Suggestions:

  • Consider additional lanes for the 50m pool
  • Important to retain the outdoor feel and open air areas
  • Improved spectator amenity
  • Improved parking
  • Provision of an updated baby area/water play
  • A third pool if possible
  • Improved learn to swim space
  • Improved café and social spaces
  • Improved gym space
  • Improved change facilities
  • Improved accessibility within venue

 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?

Waves fitness and aquatic centre remains open for business.

Currently Council is exploring funding and management options. This process will call for a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the marketplace. The outcome will further inform Council about the best next steps.

The detailed design for the redevelopment will be formed by further technical investigations, ongoing community consultation, and feedback from the market place and industry specialists.

Once a development pathway is established, then the redevelopment will go to Tender. The Tender submissions will establish the timelines and budgets that we will need to consider.

Only when a Construction Tender is awarded will we be able to then establish and communicate redevelopment timelines with confidence.

 

WHEN WILL THE WORK COMMENCE?

No construction will commence until Council is convinced that the best design has been achieved within the allowances and constraints of the site, and that the budget required for the redevelopment will provide best value to the community.

This will be a multifaceted project that will require reporting back to Council and the community for each key milestone.

 

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?

The first stage is to develop draft plans incorporating community and user feedback. A report will be prepared for Council to review the design, user and community comments, and consider costings.

Waves fitness and aquatic centre remains open for business.

 

HAVE YOUR SAY

Currently this stage of the project involves feasibility investigations, draft design preparation and user and community feedback.

This is your chance to be involved.

  • ONLINE: Submit an online comment form.
  • IN PERSON: on-site information is on display at Waves, our four library locations and at our Administration Centre, 3 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills. Have your say using the consultation cards that are available at each location or by submitting an online comment form.

Information displays are located at:

  • Waves Aquatic Centre - 44 Mileham Avenue, Baulkham Hills
  • Dural Library - Pellitt Lane, Dural
  • Castle Hill Library - Corner Castle & Pennant Streets, Castle Hill
  • Vinegar Hill Memorial Library - 29 Main Street, Rouse Hill Town Centre
  • Baulkham Hills Library - Railway Street, Baulkham Hills
  • Council Administration Centre - 3 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills

The officers responsible for coordinating this project look forward to reviewing all proactive and constructive comments and suggestions.


I would like more information?

If you do not speak English and require a translation/interpreter please contact the Telephone Interpreter Service on 131450 and ask them to call Council on 9843 0555 and enquire on your behalf.

Location

Waves Swimming Pool, 44 Mileham Ave, Baulkham Hills 2153  View Map

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