Lake Macquarie City Council reaches milestone in $6.5-million upgrade to Toronto Swim Centre

Lake Macquarie City Council’s $6.5 million refurbishment of Toronto Swim Centre has reached a new milestone, with the first stage of testing to begin this week on the site’s three pools.

Community assets section manager Brendan Callander said existing tiling had been stripped from all three pools and construction of new entry steps into the main 25m pool was now complete.

“Prior to the refurbishment, the main pool only had ladders and temporary drop-in steps for access,” Mr Callander said.

“Having a permanent set of access steps will make it much easier for all ages to enjoy the revamped facility.”

The centre’s hydrotherapy and spa pools have been demolished and replaced with a single combined pool.

Mr Callander said the three pools would be filled and tested this week  in case any further work to their superstructure is needed before retiling begins.

Work is also under way on a new training room at the back of the swim centre, and on a new foyer and kiosk area.

The overhaul began in August to bring the facility into line with community expectations.

Mr Callander said the centre was now on track for a spring opening.

“We know the community is keen to see the centre open as soon as possible, but we want to make sure we get the job right and deliver a facility that serves the community for many more years to come,” he said.

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