Marrickville Council makes decision on Petersham Pool


At the 17 April Marrickville Council meeting, a decision was made on the future of the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre aka Petersham Pool.


The good news is that there will continue to be a pool in Petersham Park. At the meeting it was resolved to tender the works, closing the pool over the 2012-13 season (depending on the results of the tender process) and reducing the length from 33 metres to 25 metres in line with FINA standards.


Part of the motion carried at the meeting strongly restated Council’s commitment to building a new pool. Point 5 of the motion supported extension of the opening hours of the new pool from the start of the September school holidays to the end of March or the end of the Easter school holidays, whichever is the latter.


So while it’s the end of the 33-metre pool, I am happy that Council has made a decision to build a new pool.  Hopefully the relaxed atmosphere of the current centre will continue at the new one. Council has advised that the exact dates of the re-opening will not be known until the successful tender is awarded. I will keep you posted on the outcome of the tender process in the coming months.   To read the motion approved at the 17 April meeting click on the minutes and scroll to page 6.


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  • End of an era. Memories of swimming one Km at the Petersham Pool on the opening day of the season in October many years ago – it was freezing!! Sad to see the old form go but relieved that at least a modern 25m pool will live on, and I am sure the new version will still be popular. Petersham Pool is the 127th on my list of 387 pools swum so far around the world…


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