Big splash to celebrate Manuka Pool upgrades

Manuka Pool is Canberra's oldest and most-loved pool. Manuka Pool is Canberra's oldest and most-loved pool.

Manuka Pool will open for the 2019-20 season with a big splash – and a day of free entry and activities for the family - on Saturday, 30 November 2019.

The pool’s season is starting later than usual due to delays related to extensive works undertaken to ensure the facilities meets modern health standards while retaining and protecting the original heritage design elements.

The upgrades will ensure the much-loved swimming pool remains a place for all Canberrans to enjoy for years to come.

As part of the upgrades, the entire main pool needed to be retiled. An extensive worldwide search was undertaken for tiles that remained sympathetic to the original and met modern slip resistance standards – these tiles have been imported from the Czech Republic.

While every effort was made to ensure there was minimal impact to the 2019-20 summer swim season, there was an unexpected delay in delivery of the tiles from the Czech Republic leading in turn to a delay in completion of the works.

Marking the completion of the upgrade with a season-opening event will allow the community to celebrate the pool’s special place in the capital’s history together.

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