We are delivering what is important to you. This is a major project of the Council Budget 2020-21.

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 has commenced, and will be followed by the construction of the new centre in early 2021. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the new Kew Recreation Centre and thank centre users for their support.




Progress update

September 2018

Community consultation phase one

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 phase two

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

November 2019

Plans released

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

March 2020 Renders available to view Take a virtual tour here.
November 2020 Demolition to commence Demolition of the old centre is currently being undertaken.
February  2021 Construction to commence  

Early-mid 2023

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 can use the other Boroondara Leisure and Aquatic Facilities. Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Boroondara Sports Complex and Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre are available for use in alignment with Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

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 was 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 have worked 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.

Your feedback has helped shape the creation of the floor plan for the new centre (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Aqua play area

  • We’re still working on 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.
  • We will be seeking community feedback prior to finalising the design for this component of the new centre in 2021.

Sauna update

  • During the consultation we heard how much our community valued the sauna. So, in addition to a bigger and better sauna within the new design, we’re pleased to share that plans are currently underway to add a sauna to the Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre facility.
  • Details on when the sauna construction at Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre will be completed will be provided early 2021. 

More information

For information about the construction of the new centre, please contact Prudence Ho on 9278 4784 or at [email protected].

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

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