George Bolton Swimming Centre Burnside Pool Re-opens | Review | 7 February 2015

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Burnside Pool

Burnside Swimming Centre after a multi-million dollar upgrade.

The Burnside Swimming Centre has re-opened after a year long closure, during which a multi-million dollar redevelopment took place. There were a few delays but it’s now open to the public.

What’s New at Burnside Pool?

Here is our first look at the shiny new development. The most obvious changes are a significant upgrade to the buildings, new shade structures for the middle and the toddler pool, new water play features in the toddler pool, new tiles and paving.

Burnside Pool

Family Pool

The middle family pool (pictured above) still has the steps right along the length of the pool, leading into the water. The little viewing windows are still there. Just go down the stairs along the side (see below) to look through the windows – kids love to wave to you through these.

Burnside Pool

Burnside Pool – The Toddler Pool

The toddler pool below has some new water play equipment with water spraying from arches and a few other pieces. This area is not shaded by a shade structure, however, with tall trees around, there will be times during the day which it will be shady anyway. The other end of the toddler pool does include a shade structure.

Burnside Pool

Burnside Pool

Burnside Pool

The big pool below doesn’t appear to have any structural changes or major additions.

Burnside Pool

Burnside Pool’s Park Setting

The three pools are situated in a beautiful park setting with plenty of tall trees offering shade – this has not changed at all. There are benches for sitting, picnic tables, bbq and of course lots of grassy areas for picnics.

Burnside Pool

Burnside Pool Cafe

The cafe has seating with tables both outside and inside (if you prefer to be in air-conditioned comfort).

Burnside Pool

Burnside Pool Playground

The playground for little ones is still there, near the toddler pool.

Burnside Pool

The other playground equipment for older kids is also still there (below).

Burnside Pool

Burnside Pool ‘before’ photos

If you can’t remember what the swimming centre looked like before, here are a few pics below to refresh your memory.

Burnside Pool

The photo above (at bottom right) shows what the cafe looked like from the outside of the centre. As you can see below there is a shaded outdoor area with more tables and chairs now. This is great for anyone visiting the playground at Hazelwood Park (one of our favourites), just across the park, and would like to come over for a snack.

Burnside Pool

If you are puzzled about the name change of the swimming centre, here is the info offered on the City of Burnside website:

The Centre has taken back its original name …

George Bolton was Mayor of Burnside 1952-54 and 1962-67. Despite much public disapproval he eventually won the fight to build the pool in Hazelwood Park and in 1966, the pool was opened and named in his honour. The official name of the complex was the George Bolton Swimming Centre Burnside, but over the years it has come to be known as the Burnside Swimming Centre. At the council meeting on 8 July 2014 Council moved a motion to return to the original name – the George Bolton Swimming Centre Burnside.


For more information including opening hours and all enquiries please visit the City of Burnside website here.

What: George Bolton Swimming Centre Burnside (Burnside Swimming Pool) – Re-opens 7 February 2015

When: See opening times here

Where: Cnr Greenhill Road & Howard Terrace, Hazelwood Park

Who: Swimming Fans

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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