AN outdoor water play facility earmarked for Ballarat’s north ward will be located in the Midlands Reserve rather than the former Wendouree Pool site.
Ballarat City councillor John Philips said the Doveton Street reserve was the best fit due to its location on a major road and near the Howitt Street Leisure centre, childcare facilities and schools.
He said the council investigated several site options in the north ward, including the former Dowling Street pool.
“That was one key component ... if we were taking away the Wendouree Pool, that we gave something back for the community to use when the warm weather arose,” he said.
“The opportunity around the water play facility, not only will that provide water play through summer months, it also when the cooler weather arrives offers some level of playground facilities as well.”
He said the work was about to begin, with the project due to be completed and operational in time for Christmas.
The City of Ballarat allocated $17 million in its 2013-14 budget for an indoor 50-metre pool at the Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre (BALC), Eureka Pool upgrades and two aquatic play spaces, one also at BALC.
The council is developing the Midlands Reserve and will hold a public information and discussion session about the Midlands Reserve Master Plan and new water play facility.
The session is on at the Midlands Kindergarten next Wednesday, October 30, from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.
The Midlands Water Play facility will be built at the northern end of the site, close to the Scout Hall and the Midlands Kindergarten.