Young pool's new splash park awaits finishing touches

Four decorative items are hoped to be installed within the month to complete the new splash park at Young Aquatic Centre.

The pool officially opened for the 2020/21 season with a big crowd of kids creating a splash on Tuesday, however cooler, wet weather on Wednesday reduced numbers.

Pool goers will need to register at the gate and social distance.

"The way things are at the moment everything has slowed down due to COVID, so the only the thing we're waiting on, which should be here by the end of the month, we're waiting for them to come off the wharf, is four fountains [for the splash park]. Seating will be in this weekend and we'll be raring to go. Hines [Construction] has done a great job and were good to work with. It complements the place, it's going to be really good for the kids of the town. It would have been nice to be completely finished, but Rome wasn't built in a day," pool lessee Vince Vitnell said.

"There's still a few building fences up at the moment, but within a month it'll look a lot better. People can start enjoying the facility again."

People attending the pool must register at entry and social distance.

"We have a COVID plan. You have to register and sign in and you have to social distance. There's no restrictions on the pool at the moment it's normal procedure with Royal Life Saving [Australia]. At the moment NSW is going pretty good and because we're an outside pool we can have about 500 here but you have to social distance. It's mainly about contact tracing so making sure people register when they come in and then follow social distancing."

Mr Vitnell expects numbers to increase as the temperature warms.

Micah, Lizzy, Josh and Joey Reeves check out the new splash park on Wednesday. The pool's new feature will have its decorative items installed in the next few weeks. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Micah, Lizzy, Josh and Joey Reeves check out the new splash park on Wednesday. The pool's new feature will have its decorative items installed in the next few weeks. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Learn to Swim is set to begin later in the year.

"The pool is heated to 26 degrees. If we didn't heat it you wouldn't get in at this time of year. Swimming club begins next week, aerobics classes start up next month, there'll be Learn to Swim happening when it warms up. We've had a few inquiries but we'll know more about numbers in November. We're just seeing which teachers we have at the moment."

There has been a drop in swim lesson enrolments nation-wide because of COVID-19 lockdowns. Royal Life Saving Australia has released data showing a 25 per cent average drop in enrolments across the country for seven to 12-year-olds.

The figures are most stark in metropolitan Sydney where the average enrolment drop is 41 per cent.

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