Stage 1 of $32 million masterplan set to open

Pool party: Rural City of Murray Bridge chief executive Michael Sedgman and acting manager of city assets Geoff Parsons can not wait to get the party started. Photo: Dylan Hogarth.

Pool party: Rural City of Murray Bridge chief executive Michael Sedgman and acting manager of city assets Geoff Parsons can not wait to get the party started. Photo: Dylan Hogarth.

STAGE one of the redevelopment of the Murray Bridge Swimming Centre is on schedule to be finished and ready for a grand opening for community use at the end of the month.

The first stage has been a $2.8 million investment into work to include the renovation of the 50-metre Olympic pool with an access ramp, upgraded pipework, filtration and chlorination systems which are the necessary upgrades needed for the increased water capacity.

The opening, on Friday October 30, will mark the competition of the first stage of Murray Bridge Swimming Centre Masterplan, a $32 million five-stage blueprint to create a year-round regional aquatic and leisure facility.

Stage one was partially funded by a $1 million Office for Recreation Sport and Racing grant and the children's and toddlers pools and the changeroom facilities have also been upgraded.

Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis said the invitation was open to the entire community to celebrate the opening of the upgraded swimming facility from 3.30pm until late on Friday, October 30.

"Entry is free, so bring your family and friends to check out the upgraded centre and future plans, swim in the newly renovated pools and experience the thrill of water slides under lights," Mayor Lewis said.

"Enjoy a free barbecue and icecreams, against a festive musical backdrop of local acoustic artists and DJ provided by The Station."

Mayor Lewis said the multi-million dollar rejuvenation of the facility over winter was the first step in a long term design to build an enviable regional centre the community can be proud of.

"It hasn't been an easy year for anyone and we need to celebrate the wins when they come-observing socially distancing of course," Mayor Lewis said.

The council said long term plans for the facility includes a 25-metre indoor pool, spa, gym, cafe, creche and multi-purpose meeting space.

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