December 2021(Back to top)
The site of Parramatta’s aquatic and leisure centre has undergone considerable change in recent months as construction activity is in full swing. Machinery and trucks move around busily with 50 workers currently onsite focusing on delivering the community’s newest facility.
Strategically located close to Parramatta’s CBD, Council has designed a facility that is more than a swimming centre. It will be a new form of social space for the community – a place to gather with family and friends, swim and play, and enhance the community’s health and wellbeing.
Despite the pause in construction activity due to the pandemic, a significant amount of work has taken place on site. Excavation activity has created the most dramatic change with the concrete bases of the 25m indoor pool, spa and the Learn to Swim pools now clearly visible. The car park area has also been excavated and levelled near the Park Parade entrance, concrete foundation piling and shoring retaining walls are also complete. Moving into the New Year the concrete structure will start to be visible coming up out of the ground revealing the final outline of the building.
City of Parramatta is excited that construction is well underway for the community’s aquatic and leisure centre and progressing to an opening in 2023.
June 2021(Back to top)
The site of the Parramatta aquatic and leisure centre is currently being prepared for construction and as part of this process the removal of some trees will be required. Our construction partner, Lipman, has been working closely with an arborist, to understand and minimise any impacts on heritage, as well as nominating specific tree protection zones and trees of significance. A review of hollow-bearing trees for wildlife has been conducted and whilst no wildlife was detected, bird/ animal boxes have been placed on site. In total, 186 trees will be removed, including Gum trees and Chinese Weeping Elms. These trees will be chipped and re-used on site.
Importantly, a total of 489 trees will be re-planted on site, representing an additional 303 trees. Most trees that will be planted will be Bursaria Spinosa (commonly known as Native Blackthorn) as well eucalyptus and paperbark trees that are indigenous to the east of Australia. The replanting of trees will occur in the final stages of the project as part of landscape masterplan.
The tree removal is part of the Development Application that was publicly exhibited and approved in December 2020.