The female amenities at the Parkes Aquatare set to receive a complete overhaul, thanks to the NSW Government’s Female Friendly Community Sport Facilities Program.
The $497,705 project will result in substantial upgrades to the toilet and shower facilities and introduce 10 private change rooms and a roof overhead to provide a safe and secure space for females of all ages and abilities at the pool.
Upgrades to the facilities will include much needed new shower and toilet cubicles, hot water services, upgraded change cubicles, a new insulated roof, additional seating and refreshed paint and new tiles throughout.
Mayor of Parkes Shire, Councillor Ken Keith said, “The upgrade will be a most welcome improvement to the current state of the facility with the changerooms having been relatively unchanged since the 1960s.”
During summer, the pool is an important social gathering precinct for people of all ages and demographics and the provision of suitable facilities for females is essential to encourage not only active lifestyle choices, but also social interaction, especially among peers.
Councillor Ken McGrath said: “Parkes often hosts regional and state level events for swimming throughout the season. The upgrade of these facilities will ensure the continuation of these fantastic opportunities that bring people from near and far to the Shire.”
“This refurbishment will turn the female amenities into a place that gives easy access, privacy, dignity, safety and convenience to a broad spectrum of users, from mother’s group participants, female students and older swimmers to disability service providers,” he added.
The project is expected to be completed towards the end of September 2023.