Coronavirus update 13 March 2020

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Some of our services may be closed or have different hours for the public holiday on Friday 23 October.

We are delivering what is important to you. This is a major project of the Proposed Council Budget 2020-21, which is now open for public comment. To learn more and to have your say, see Council Budget.

The Kew Recreation Centre is undergoing a major redevelopment that will see it transform into a modern facility that is suitable for all ages abilities, and caters to a wide range of health and wellbeing needs.


Demolition of the existing facility will be commencing soon, followed by the construction of the new centre. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the new Kew Recreation Centre and thank centre users for their support.




Progress update

September 2018

Initial community consultation

We asked the community to provide feedback about what was important to them and what they would like to see in the new centre.

2 September  to 13 October 2019

Community consultation

We asked the community to provide feedback about the proposed design.

November 2019

Plans released

We will continue to work closely with the community on the final design elements for the centre.

March 2020 Renders available to view  
October 2020 Construction to commence  

September 2022

Construction expected to be completed



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual celebration was held to mark demolition and construction starting. View the virtual celebration video below.

Alternative locations

Kew Recreation Centre members have reciprocal rights at the other Boroondara Leisure and Aquatic Facilities. Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Boroondara Sports Complex and Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre will be available once Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions allow.

For more information visit YMCA’s Kew Recreation Centre redevelopment page

About the project

Redeveloping the Kew Recreation Centre provides an opportunity to design a purpose-built facility with modern fitness and aquatic facilities for people of all ages and abilities. 

The existing facility is in poor condition and no longer meets community expectations nor caters for future demographic growth. The new centre will create a facility for the community to improve or maintain health and wellbeing, play team sports, connect with others and meet specialised health needs.

The project is outlined as a major infrastructure project in the Council Budget 2019-20 and is estimated to cost $67.5 million.

The Kew Recreation Centre Redevelopment is supported by the Victorian Government.

Features of the new centre

The new Kew Recreation Centre will include:

  • increased parking on site, making the centre more accessible
  • a dedicated learn to swim pool for swimming lessons 
  • a secluded warm water pool for gentle exercise and rehabilitation
  • an aqua play area for young people to play and explore
  • a crèche to support families’ health and wellbeing needs
  • bigger change rooms that cater for individuals, groups and families
  • two indoor sports courts providing much-needed space for a range of local participants
  • allied health suites to support your health and wellness goals
  • divided health and fitness areas for both ‘noisy’ and ‘quiet’ group exercise classes
  • landscaped forecourt and café to meet, gather and socialise
  • a party room.

Accessibility features

The new centre will be more accessible to people of all abilities and will include: 

  • a dedicated office and activity space for Boroondara Stroke Support Group
  • larger change rooms that can cater for families and school groups
  • more car parking, including disabled parking and wider spaces for prams 
  • ​​​​stair and lift access from the undercover car park
  • fully accessible spa via ramp access
  • a sensory room to suit families with a range of needs and abilities.

Community consultation

We will work closely with the community to develop a modern facility that will meet the needs of our growing community, with the latest fitness and aquatic facilities for people of all ages.

First consultation period

During the initial consultation period in September 2018, we engaged with over 1,500 people from the community. We asked them to provide feedback about what was important to them and what they would like to see in the new centre to help shape the proposed design concept. 

The consultation was conducted through meetings with community groups, workshops, pop up sessions and via a survey.

Second consultation period

During the second stage of consultation in September and October 2019, we asked the community to provide feedback on the proposed design through a series of drop-in sessions, workshops with local community groups and via an online survey.

A number of themes emerged. This feedback helped shape the creation of the floor plan for the new centre (PDF, 1.2 MB).


  • A creche has been added to support families’ health and wellbeing needs. 

Larger studio one  

  • The size of the studio has been increased to 200 square metres which will allow for a large variety of classes and class sizes.

Disraeli Street entrance and exit

  • A car park entrance and exit onto Disraeli Street is required due to an increased number of users.
  • We have listened to the concerns raised during consultation and are considering a number of options to reduce the impact on nearby residents.

If you would like to be kept up to date about this specific area of the redevelopment and other items that may impact you throughout the project, please sign up to the mailing list.  

Aqua play area

  • People supported a design for an aqua play area that caters to a wide age range of children and young people.
  • We’re still working at the details for this area, but are confident that we can create a fun and engaging space to meet the diverse needs of the community.

50 metre pool

  • There was some support for a 50m pool to be included in the design; however, we need to provide an option that caters to people of all needs and abilities. 
  • The updated design includes separate pools for rehabilitation, swimming lessons and lap swimming, which the community asked for in the first round of consultation. We would not have been able to achieve this if a 50m was included in the design. 
  • There are 50m pools conveniently located down the road at Hawthorn Leisure Centre and Boroondara Sports Complex.

Green space 

  • We have allowed for more green space and additional trees will be added to the front entrance and perimeter of the building.
  • We are also still working on the interface between the new facility and immediate residents. This will include additional planting and consideration of the building finishes. We will liaise directly with impacted residents on this over the next few months.


More information

For information about the construction of the new centre, please contact Michael Le Grange on 9278 4586 or at [email protected].

For information about the design, please contact Hannah Martin on 9278 4646 or at [email protected].

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