Last week ITC reported the Lane Cove 50m outdoor Lane Cove pool was scheduled to close on 30th April 2019 (after the summer season and school carnivals). Due to urgent safety concerns the 50m pool will be closed from Monday 17 December 2018. This Sunday is your last chance to have a swim in the outdoor pool. Lane Cove Residents have been asking many questions about why the pool is closing before the summer season. Here is the rundown.
Why is the Pool Closing Before the Summer Season?
The Pool was opened in 1961 and was not upgraded when the new indoor pools were opened. A concrete pool of this age will eventually need replacing. Since 2017, Lane Cove Council has been conducting structural inspections of the 50m Pool at six monthly intervals.
In June 2018, the Lane Cove Council knew the “end was near” and budgeted in their 2018/2019 budget for the replacement of the 50 m pool and grandstand in 2019/20. This work was due to start after the Rosenthal Car Park Redevelopment had finished.
Recently the Lane Cove Council started weekly structural integrity tests after more cracks were discovered in the Pottery Green end of the Pool.
This week, two different structural engineering firms and and the Lane Cove Council’s internal engineer observed a rapid decline in the structural integrity of the pool and deemed the pool not safe for public use. Adverse weather conditions including drought and heavy rains accelerated the pool’s decline with changes moving from weekly to daily occurrences. The ground below the pool is shifting due to water leakage from the cracks.
Part of the pool’s water supply will be drained in mid December to ensure the area can be stabilised before the Christmas holidays.
What is the Lane Cove Council’s Doing to Replace the 50 Pool ASAP?
When will the new 50m Pool Open?
Will the Community Be Able to Provide Feedback on the New Pool Design?
I have Purchased an Outdoor Pool Pass – Will I Be Refunded?
Lane Cove Council is Seeking memories of Lane Cove Pool
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