Retro magic at Auburn’s Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre

White, black, turquoise, red, mousey pink, mustard, dark grey, mint and pale blue.

That’s what greets me when I walk into the Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre at Auburn.

Colours, patterns and shapes abound at this 1959-model pool.

Above the water and below.

On the grandstand full of peeling paint.

On the tables, umbrellas, seats and chairs.

On the white walls around the centre’s four different-sized pools.

Even in the change rooms.

The decoration continues in the waterless wading pool with nursery rhymes in the tiles.

And on the caps of the kids warming up for their carnival.

There’s signs of wear and tear and the 53-year-old is showing its age in spots.

But I hope not all will be lost when the council commences its plans to redevelop this special place.

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