Sydney pools crack million mark after heatwave

By Alice Richard
Thursday, 02 March, 2017

Sydney pools crack million mark after heatwave

Sydney’s prolonged heatwave has helped tip visitor numbers to City of Sydney pools over the million mark. In just seven months, more than one million customers have passed through the turnstiles of the City’s five fitness and aquatic centres — the fastest time the milestone has been reached in any financial year.

Eric Hung of Paddington became the one millionth City of Sydney aquatic customer, arriving at Prince Alfred Park Pool for his daily swim. The pool was reopened in 2013 after a major upgrade and has since won eight awards for architecture, design and landscaping.

“I’ve been coming to Prince Alfred Park pool for the past four years. I love the design of the place and the fact that it’s outdoors. It really does feel like an oasis and it’s very easy to forget that you’re in the middle of a city like Sydney,” Hung said.

“With the scorching heatwaves we’ve experienced in Sydney this summer, we’ve had record numbers of locals and visitors in for a swim in our city pools,” said City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

“With five months of the financial year still to run, we’ve already broken the record for most visits to our city pools. Our aquatic and fitness centres are world class, giving our residents the chance to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle at an affordable price.”

All five of the City of Sydney pools are managed by Belgravia Leisure.

Image: James Ellender (Belgravia NSW State Manager), Eric Hung, David Riordan (City of Sydney Director).

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