Katoomba Sports and Aquatic Centre - outdoor pools

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Katoomba Sport and Aquatic Centre - outdoor pools

We are excited about the upcoming improvements to the Katoomba outdoor pool area. Thanks to the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, we have $2.6 million to put towards design and construction of:

  • a new children’s pool with a curved beach entry and water play for families
  • an accessible pathway from the entrance of the aquatic centre to the outdoor area
  • a family friendly accessible toilet and change facilities
  • improvements to shade cover

To see the animation of the upgrade, please click here. To view photos of the concept designs, go to the right hand side of the page.

$2.6 million sounds like a lot, but building safe and accessible pools is very expensive so this upgrade is limited in what we can do. However Council has also submitted a Building Better Regions grant to upgrade the edges and guttering (also known as a wet deck) around the main outdoor pool as well as an accessible ramp into the pool, we expect to find out about that later in the year.

The construction period will commence in spring 2021 and take 12 months. This means the outdoor pool will be closed over the 2021/22 summer period, and will be ready for the following summer season of 2022/23. We will let you know once we have a construction start date.


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*This project will be funded under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal (WSCD). The WSCD is a 20 year-agreement between Australian and NSW governments, and the eight local Councils of the Western Parkland City.

Katoomba Sport and Aquatic Centre - outdoor pools

We are excited about the upcoming improvements to the Katoomba outdoor pool area. Thanks to the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, we have $2.6 million to put towards design and construction of:

  • a new children’s pool with a curved beach entry and water play for families
  • an accessible pathway from the entrance of the aquatic centre to the outdoor area
  • a family friendly accessible toilet and change facilities
  • improvements to shade cover

To see the animation of the upgrade, please click here. To view photos of the concept designs, go to the right hand side of the page.

$2.6 million sounds like a lot, but building safe and accessible pools is very expensive so this upgrade is limited in what we can do. However Council has also submitted a Building Better Regions grant to upgrade the edges and guttering (also known as a wet deck) around the main outdoor pool as well as an accessible ramp into the pool, we expect to find out about that later in the year.

The construction period will commence in spring 2021 and take 12 months. This means the outdoor pool will be closed over the 2021/22 summer period, and will be ready for the following summer season of 2022/23. We will let you know once we have a construction start date.


To keep up to date and stay informed,

simply press the 'subscribe' button to the right


*This project will be funded under the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal (WSCD). The WSCD is a 20 year-agreement between Australian and NSW governments, and the eight local Councils of the Western Parkland City.

  • Outdoor pool area upgrade

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    We have $2.6 million to put towards design and construction of a new inclusive children’s pool, an accessible pathway down to the outdoor area, improved shade cover near the main pool and family friendly accessible toilet and change facilities. These improvements have been made possible with funding from the Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is part of the Western Sydney City Deal (WSCD).

    Pool users told us how important this space is when we undertook the community consultation in 2018. This upgrade is an important step in being able to retain the pool for future use and ensure that our community has a modern accessible pool to use.

    For information about the Katoomba Sports and Aquatic Centre in the Open Space and Recreation Strategic Plan 2018 to 2028, please see pages 69 and 70 of the document https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/documents/open-space-and-recreation-strategic-plan-2018-2028

    Construction will commence in spring 2021 and take up to 12 months. As such the outdoor pool will be closed over the 2021/22 summer period.

  • Accessible and modern designs

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    The new children’s pool will be up to 60cm deep with a curved wheelchair friendly beach entry and water play for families. There will be two accessible unisex family change rooms with toilet and shower facilities as well as four outdoor open heated showers. The pathway from the entrance of the Centre, down to the outdoor area will be accessible to Australian Standards.

    Shade sails will cover the retaining wall and seating opposite the main pool. There will be some minor landscaping to provide more grassed seating and some new artwork throughout the outdoor pool area. There will also be new housing for essential pool infrastructure with modern low maintenance cladding on the outside.

    To see the animation of the upgrade, please click here. To view photos of the concept designs, go to the right hand side of the page.

  • Concept designs

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    It's early days and we are currently doing investigative works onsite at the pool. This will help us to work out the way forward and guide the concept designs which we will show you in the first half of 2021. We expect construction to get underway in the second half of 2021 but to stay informed of the progress and have the most up to date information, simply click on the subscribe button to the right of the screen.

  • Inclusive Children's Pool

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    We are excited about the improvements towards the Katoomba outdoor pool area. You told us how important this space is to you when we undertook community consultation in 2018. We now have $2.6 million to put towards design and construction of a new inclusive children's pool which will include an accessible pathway down to the new pool.

    To make your time at the pool easy and convenient, there will be family friendly accessible toilet and change facilities located close by.

    We will also look at how we can improve shade cover for everyone given how busy it is over the summer period.

  • Open Space & Recreation Strategic Plan 2018 to 2018

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    This Open Space and Recreation Strategic Plan provides strategic policy for managing open space and the provision of sport and recreation facilities in the City of Blue Mountains. The time frame of this strategic plan is 10+ years. It focuses on Council owned or managed open space and recreation facilities.

    For information about Katoomba Sports and Aquatic Centre, please see pages 69 and 70.

  • Gully Plan of Management

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    Katoomba Sports & Aquatic Centre is located in The Gully, and Council understand and respects how significant The Gully is to Traditional Owners and the community.

    All works will be in line with The Gully Plan of Management, and will respect the site’s history.