Tusmore Wading Pool Due for Review
The Tusmore Park wading pool has been popular with families, particularly those with toddler-aged children, for many years. However, at more than 50 years old it has reached the end of its useful life and is due for review.
In recent times, closures of the pool have become more frequent due to the ageing infrastructure, its design and a number of other factors which contribute to health related risks.
There is an opportunity for the community to provide feedback to help Council determine the future of this space – this could include having the same pool fully refurbished, a similar water-themed play area with different features, or, something else entirely.
There are three high-level options available:
Fully refurbish the existing wading pool:
Refurbishing the wading pool would see a ‘like-for-like’ wading pool that would feature upgraded filtration equipment, new concrete edging, walls and floor, as well as an upgraded shade sail and pool fencing. This option would maintain the existing design that is a great place for children to play in.
The possibility of closing the pool to drain, clean and refill throughout the season would remain.
Choosing this option would likely see the project completed in a shorter timeframe compared to the upgrade option.
Upgrade the wading pool to a different water-themed facility:
Upgrade could mean installing a soft-fall surface that has splash pads, fountains and other water features similar to those in Moseley Square in Glenelg, Henley Square at Henley Beach or at the George Bolton Swimming Centre in Burnside or it could involve a smaller wading pool area coupled with a splash pad type feature. Children and toddlers can still have fun and get wet.
These structures can incorporate environmentally sustainable designs that require less water to operate the water features, plus they remove the risk of needing to drain and replace large quantities of water.
A soft-fall surface is also safer than concrete as there is less potential for injury with slips and falls.
If this option is chosen, Council will invite the community to be involved in designing the space. This would mean a longer design period, so the completion of the overall project would take a little longer than the refurbishment option.
Other – remove the wading pool and install a new feature which is not water related:
Removing the water feature provides a number of opportunities, including returning the area to open space, or creating something new such as a plaza, playground or other facility.
If this option is selected, it will require further community consultation on what to do with the space.
Key parameters for any water-themed option would include that it:
- will remain seasonal
- will remain a space for families with young children
- will remain within the same footprint
- will require the chemical dosage of the water with chlorine for health and environmental safety.
Right now Council is seeking input from the community to help inform how they proceed.
It is intended that design for the preferred option will take place in 2020/21 and construction would follow in 2021/22.
How to Give Feedback
“Come to a Pool Party” | Saturday 14 March 2020 from 11am – 1pm
Tusmore Park Wading Pool, Stirling Street
There will be a FREE barbecue, ice blocks and soft drinks. Share your ideas on the future of Tusmore Wading Pool.
Complete this survey by 5 pm Friday 20 March 2020.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Engage Burnside website here
What: Tusmore Wading Pool Due for Review – Give Feedback
When: Until Friday 20 March 2020 at 5pm | Pool Party event on Sunday 14 March 2020 11am – 1pm
Where: Stirling Street, Tusmore Park
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