Fast facts: Prince Alfred Park Pool

Fast facts: Prince Alfred Park Pool


  • The pool will be open daily from 6am-7pm and 6am-8pm (during daylight saving hours) and 7am-7pm  on public holidays. It only closes on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
  • The pool and café will be operated by Belgravia Leisure, who also won the tender in 2011 to manage and operate the Victoria Park Pool at Camperdown and the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool at The Domain.
  • It is the City’s first fully accessible heated outdoor pool, with a ramp into the water ensuring everyone can use it.
  • The pool holds 1,850,000 litres of water.
  • The pool uses state of the art technology for filtration and monitoring and the best in sustainable practices, including:
    • Stormwater harvesting, with the water used for irrigation and toilet flushing;
    • Water-saving fixtures, such as three-star rated showerheads, waterless urinals, four-star low-flow taps with automatic shut off and pool covers to prevent water loss through evaporation;
    • Natural ventilation and lighting through skylights and high level openings, while white tiles reflect sunlight into internal spaces;
    • Thermally efficient below-ground amenities and offices to regulate internal temperature and reduce the need for air-conditioning;
    • Energy-efficient LED lighting and gas hot water heating, which will be used until the trigeneration plant is installed;
    • Light zoning to allow lights to be turned off or dimmed when daylight is sufficient;
    • An Ultra Fine Filtration system, which saves 80 per cent more pool water compared to a sand filter-style; and
    • The pool facility houses all essential uses including administration offices, kiosk, plant and changes rooms, resulting in the smallest possible footprint.


    • Prince Alfred Park Pool has the biggest green roof of its kind in Sydney, topped with 35,917 plants, completely concealing the facility from the street.
    • The meadow planting on the roof is made up of six varieties of indigenous wildflowers and grasses, including kidney weed (dichondra repens), short hair plume grass (dichelachne micrantha), lavender grass (eragrostis elongata),      common tussock grass (poa labillardieri), tufted bluebells (wahlenbergia communis) and tall bluebells (wahlenbergia stricta).
    • The Prince Alfred Park Pool upgrade is the first major public building designed by Potts Point-based practice Neeson Murcutt Architects.
    • Established by Rachel Neeson and her late partner Nicholas Murcutt  in 2004, the practice has since exhibited their work at the Venice Biennale (in 2006 and 2008) and received numerous awards from the Australian Institute of Architects.
    • A small tribute to the late Nicholas Murcutt has been installed in the pool’s smallest skylight, visible against the sky from the Chalmers Street entrance.
    • Artist Sonia van de Haar from Lymesmith in Castlecrag, in Sydney’s northern suburbs, worked closely with Neeson Murcutt Architects, the City of Sydney and engineers to design a public art project on the site.
    • Shades of Green features a collection of ventilation ducts dipped in colour to blend into the sky and surrounding park. They work both as a public art installation and a functional necessity for the boilers that heat the pool.
  • Ms van de Haar was inspired by the design of the existing lamp posts, seats and fences when creating the work, which she describes as “something curiously playful but obviously functional”.
  • The pool completes the end of the most extensive upgrade to Prince Alfred Park in 50 years, which includes new tennis and basketball courts, play areas, landscaping and space for the City’s first trigeneration plant for self-powering the park and pool.
  • Prince Alfred Park was originally bushland crossed by a tributary of Blackwattle Creek.  It was a camping place for local Gadigal people until the 1850s.
  • The original vegetation was cleared in the early 19th century to create a Government Paddock, sometimes known as the Cleveland Paddocks, for grazing livestock. This pastoral activity ended when part of the paddock became a public park in 1865 and later the site of The NSW Agricultural Society’s Intercolonial Exhibition, celebrating farming and other primary industries until the early twentieth century.
  • Cleveland Paddocks takes its name from the nearby Cleveland House, built in the 1820s and still standing at the corner of Bedford and Buckingham Streets.
  • A meadow of seasonal and flowering native grasses was planted in 2012 as part of the upgrade to Prince Alfred Park Pool. As the native grasses mature and thicken, they will provide important habitat for urban wildlife including lizards, small birds and insects.
  • The City’s operates four other pools, including the Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and Victoria Park Pool.

For more information visit:

Prince Alfred Park Pool

Chalmers Street (corner of Cleveland Street)

Surry Hills NSW 2010


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