Prize pool’s bash with perfect splash

Prize pool’s bash with perfect splash

Visitors to of the newly opened Prince Alfred Park Pool in Surry Hills enjoyed spring weather and a pool party at the weekend to celebrate the success of the pool, which has already won awards for its striking sustainable design.

Prince Alfred Park Pool official opening, Saturday 19th October 2013
Prince Alfred Park Pool official opening, Saturday 19th October 2013

The fun-filled event, Spring in the Park, featured a synchronised swimming display, roving performers and free light refreshments at Prince Alfred Park and Pool, on the corner of Chalmers and Cleveland streets.

The heated, outdoor pool has attracted more than 50,000 visits in its first five months of operation and since opening in May, has already picked up two awards and major plaudits.

Prince Alfred Park Pool official opening, Saturday 19th October 2013
Prince Alfred Park Pool official opening, Saturday 19th October 2013

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the pool, which won a major architecture award at the 2013 Sydney Design Awards on Wednesday, was a winner. “It’s time to celebrate the success of Sydney’s newest – and greenest – public swimming pool,” the Lord Mayor said. “With the City’s largest green roof and beautiful design, this state-of-the-art pool is already attracting thousands of Sydneysiders as a place to relax, exercise, enjoy the outdoors and meet up with friends.“If you haven’t had a chance to visit the pool or its popular cafe, this community get-together is a great opportunity to enjoy a swim, with some live music and performances.”

Prince Alfred Park Pool official opening, Saturday 19th October 2013
Prince Alfred Park Pool official opening, Saturday 19th October 2013

The pool was highly commended at the World Architecture Festival Awards this month and was the state winner at the Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia Public Domain Awards.

A record 1,681 people enjoyed a swim on 7 September and bike racks proved so popular that plans are underway to install more.

The entertainment line-up includes reggae band Caribbean Soul, roving performers The Sharks, Hi Life Horns and the Surreal McCoy Seagulls, as well as the eight-minute synchronised swimming display.

Prince Alfred Park Pool official opening, Saturday 19th October 2013
Prince Alfred Park Pool official opening, Saturday 19th October 2013

The 50-metre heated outdoor pool, with accessible entry, is the first major building designed by Potts Point-based practice Neeson Murcutt Architects.

The pool uses state-of-the-art technology for filtration and monitoring, features the best in sustainable practices with water-saving fixtures and energy-efficient LED lighting, and makes the most of natural ventilation and lighting.

The new $20.5 million pool completes the most extensive upgrade to the 7.5-hectare Prince Alfred Park in 50 years, which includes:

•             Five new international standard tennis and basketball courts;

•             An underground stormwater reuse system, to supply 95 per cent of the park’s water needs;

•             Two children’s playgrounds;

•             The refurbishment of the historic Coronation Centre;

•             An exercise circuit;

•             Energy-efficient lighting; and

•             Landscaping with hundreds of new trees and plants and a native meadow.

For more information, visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/facilities/swimming-pools/prince-alfred-park-pool

Casual entry to Prince Alfred Park Pool is free until 12 November 2013.

The pool is 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.