Residents take to the water as pool patronage soars
Residents across Brisbane are diving into swim season, as Brisbane City Council pools reports a 46% increase in patronage over the past four years.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the average number of visitors had increased each year and Council was committed to improving the facilities to allow even more people to enjoy them.
“More than 3.2 million residents visited Council pools in the past financial year and we have been pleased to see that people continue to love these centres, as patronage has increased year-on-year,” he said.
“When speaking to residents across Brisbane, I often hear how people love to visit their local pools, as they continue to be a place to meet, connect and play.
“Brisbane has wonderful climate and a great outdoor lifestyle with 280 days of sunshine each year and Council pools are just one of the many ways that our residents and visitors can make the most of our enviable lifestyle.
“As part of our commitment to create more for residents to see and do, we have incorporated aquatic playgrounds in 16 Brisbane pools, which provides hours of entertainment for children.
“Many of our pools also offer learn to swim programs, fitness centres, exercise classes and barbecues and they are a great, affordable day out that the whole family can enjoy.”
Cr Schrinner said Council was committed to improving pool facilities across the suburbs.
“We have upgraded Council pools across Brisbane to allow even more residents to enjoy these fantastic offerings,” he said.
“We have just delivered a new 25-metre heated indoor pool, fitness centre, kiosk and entrance, improved bathroom amenities and car park spaces at the Sandgate Aquatic Centre.
“These improvements will make sure the facility remains an enjoyable, modern and family-friendly destination now and into the future.
“In addition to the Sandgate Aquatic Centre upgrades, other works are underway at Bellbowrie Swimming Pool, Runcorn Swimming Pool and Langlands Park Memorial Pool, and all are due to be completed in the coming months.
“Council will continue to deliver projects that bring neighbourhoods to life and make Brisbane the best place to live, work and relax.”
For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.
COUNCIL POOL PATRONAGE NUMBERS
- Overall figures (per financial year):
- 2015/16 – 2.1 million
- 2016/17 – 2.5 million
- 2017/18 – 3.1 million
- 2018/19 – 3.2 million
TOP 5 ATTENDED POOLS IN 2018
- Yeronga – 334,119
- Centenary Pool – 269,930
- Newmarket – 267,994
- Parkinson – 267,496
- Colmslie – 230,747