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


On Thursday 20 October, a section of the steel roof structure at the Kew Recreation Centre construction site collapsed.

The builder, ADCO Constructions is in the process of preparing a methodology to safely remove the collapsed structural steel for the approval of WorkSafe. We anticipate that these works will commence in December 2022 and continue in early 2023. WorkSafe will be on site to supervise the removal of the steel.

Thorough investigations into the cause of the collapse are ongoing with WorkSafe and ADCO and will continue while the removal of the collapsed steel takes place.

Council is extremely disappointed with the current situation, given the goodwill the local community has shown throughout the construction works to date.

The impact of the collapse on the project timeframe is not yet known. We will provide an update once a revised construction timeframe is confirmed.

Watch the 3D fly-through of our final design

You can watch the fly-through of our final design on the City of Boroondara YouTube channel.

About the design

This new purpose-built facility will provide our community with modern recreation and aquatic facilities to be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. 

The previous facility was in poor condition and no longer met the community’s expectations or catered for future demographic growth. 

Our new centre will help our community improve or maintain health and wellbeing, play team sports, connect with others and meet specialised health needs.

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

Features of the new centre

Our new Kew Recreation Centre includes:

  • 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
  • an onsite childcare with outdoor play area 
  • bigger change rooms that cater for individuals, groups and families
  • 2 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
  • increased parking onsite 
  • a party room.

Accessibility features

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

  • 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 options, including accessible parking and wider spaces for prams 
  • stair and lift access from the undercover car park
  • a fully accessible spa via ramp access
  • a sensory room to suit families with a range of needs and abilities.

Sustainability features

The new centre has a number of environmental sustainable design elements, including:

  • 500 KW solar panel system 
  • high-performance insulation, glazing and air-tightness to reduce energy consumption
  • storage of the pool waste water to be re-used for toilet flushing
  • water-efficient fittings and fixtures
  • rainwater harvesting to be re-used for landscape irrigation.

Community consultation

We have worked closely with our community to develop a modern facility that includes the latest recreation and aquatic facilities for all ages and abilities. 

Each space, including the accessibility and design features, has been determined based on community feedback across 3 stages of consultation to ensure we meet the needs of our users.  

As a result, we are delighted to be delivering a fun and engaging space that caters to a wide range of health and wellbeing needs for our community.

What we heard 

There were a number of key topics and themes that arose during consultation.

a man in a swim cap and goggles


You told us you wanted more water spaces for different activities, such as warm water exercise and rehabilitation, swimming lessons and children’s play in addition to lap swimming. We prioritised adding in these programmable spaces and a 25m lap pool over a single 50m lap pool. 

a woman sitting in a sauna with a towel on


You told us how much you love the sauna, so in addition to a bigger and better one in the new centre we have added a sauna facility to the Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre too.

a design concept of the aqua play area at new Kew Recreation Centre

Aqua play

We have created a fun and colourful aqua play area with a large slide and a wide array of splash pad features to entertain children of all ages because we heard how important this area was to you.

a toddler playing with a teddy bear


You told us how valuable a childcare facility is, so this service remains along with a new outdoor play area to support families’ health and wellbeing needs. 

cars parked in an underground carpark


Improved and accessible underground car parking was added to increase parking capacity, along with additional bicycle parking.

Alternative locations

Kew Recreation Centre members have reciprocal rights to use our 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

Expressions of interest

YMCA Victoria are running an expression of interest process from 18 July to 20 November 2022 for community groups and clubs who may be interested in hiring the new Kew Recreation Centre spaces and facilities. You can learn more about submitting an expression of interest on the Kew Recreation Centre website.

More information

For information, contact our team on (03) 9278 4444 or email [email protected]

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