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The Kew Recreation Centre will undergo a major redevelopment starting in 2020, which will see it transform into a facility suitable for all stages of life, catering to a wide range of health and wellbeing needs, where everyone is welcome.

The existing facility does not utilise the site to its maximum potential and the conditions of the building no longer meet community expectations.

Redeveloping Kew Recreation Centre provides an opportunity to design a purpose-built facility to meet the needs of our growing community, with modern fitness, sports and aquatic facilities for people of all ages.

The total cost of this initiative is $61.2 million.

Community benefits

Rebuilding the centre will encourage greater participation in physical activity and will significantly support the health and wellbeing of the Boroondara community, particularly for children and families, people with a disability and older adults.

By rebuilding the facility to make better use of the current site, it will improve the functionality of the centre and provide space to build two indoor sports courts, which are much needed in the area.

The new and expanded gym, aquatic spaces, program rooms and community space will cater for future demographic growth and provide more programmable space to allow people with a disability, young people, older adults and community groups to access programs concurrently at times that suit them, typically peak use times.

Some of the proposed components of the new centre include:

  • dedicated learn-to-swim pool
  • dedicated warm-water pool
  • child-friendly indoor aqua play area
  • indoor sports courts
  • new café area
  • new and enlarged gym and indoor program spaces
  • redesigned car parking
  • newly created outdoor space.

The new centre will serve as a facility for all ages to recreate, improve or maintain health and wellbeing, play team sports, connect with others and meet specialised health needs.

Community consultation

From August to September 2018, Council held the first stage of community consultation, engaging with over 1,500 people from the community. We asked for initial ideas and preferences on what’s most important to people and have consolidated feedback to inform a first concept design for the new centre.

In mid-2019, we will introduce the second phase of community consultation, where people will have the opportunity to see the concept design and offer further feedback.

More information

For more information or to sign up to the keep-informed list, please visit www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/kewrec.

 

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