THE CITY of Greater Bendigo’s 2017/2018 extended swimming season has kicked off at the Bendigo Aquatic Centre.
The Bendigo Aquatic Centre is open daily from 6am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 6.30pm on weekends until December when hours will be extended.
CoGB active and healthy lifestyles manager Lincoln Fitzgerald said swimming pools are important community facilities because they provide opportunities for people to swim for exercise, education or simply to enjoy water play.
“They are a great place for families to enjoy fun activities together, while reaping the widely acknowledged health and fitness benefits of swimming,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
‘‘The easiest and cheapest way for residents both young and old to enjoy swimming this summer is to purchase a season ticket.’’
The City’s 2014 Active Living Census found swimming is the second most popular physical recreation activity among local residents, with 17.5 per cent of the population reporting that they went swimming in the previous 12 months.
Of the respondents, 45.4 per cent said they went swimming once a week or more.
Other local swimming pools will open in November and December.
Golden Square will open on November 18, Brennan Park, Kangaroo Flat, Marong and Heathcote will open on November 19, White Hills will open on November 25, Goornong and Elmore will open on December 2 and Raywood on December 10.
The Bendigo East Pool is open daily all year round with its current opening hours Monday to Friday 6am-7pm and 10am-2pm on weekends. These hours will extend from October.
The Long Gully Splash Park will open on September 30.
Season tickets provide entry to all of the city’s outdoor swimming pools and can be purchased at the start of the swimming season direct from all local pools.
Further information about local swimming pools and season passes can be obtained from www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/Things-to-Do/Swimming-Pools-and-Splash-Park