Hawkesbury City Council has invested approximately $760,000 on refurbishments at the Oasis Aquatic and Leisure Centre in South Windsor. An official launch will take place in conjunction with the Centre’s 2017 YMCA Swimathon and Family Fun Day on Sunday, 5 March from 10am to 2pm.
The Family Fun Day will include face painting, a jumping castle, games, and of course cooling off in the pool.
Managed and operated by the YMCA for over ten years, the Centre now boasts a brand new timber sprung floor and ceilings in the group fitness room, an overhaul of the female and male bathrooms, family change rooms with baby change tables and showers to ensure youth security, and valued facilities for the disabled visitors.
Facilities for disabled visitors include a cold filtered wheelchair compliant water dispenser and sensored lighting in the bathrooms. Outside the building, the refurbishments include a grassed area, shade sails and path for visitors with a disability.
One of the most extensive changes include pool filter and heat pump upgrades to ensure the cleanliness and temperature of the outdoor pool.
The Mayor of Hawkesbury praised YMCA management on working with Council staff and contractors for completing the work to help enhance the experience for all visitors.
The YMCA and Hawkesbury City Council are pleased to announce the official launch with the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons Buckett, along with free cake for all.
“Not only is this a boost for existing members but we encourage everyone young and old to come and see the refurbishment of this facility for themselves and have a great time with friends and family. At the same time you can watch the Swimathon, which raises awareness and fundraising for swimming programs for those in our local community who have a disability” Councillor Lyons- Buckett said.
The YMCA’s Centre Manager, Sue Fryer said “The Oasis Aquatic and Leisure Centre offers great value on memberships, which allows full access to all facilities including a fully equipped Health Club comprising of small group training classes, group fitness classes as well as the pool, sauna and steam rooms. Creche, personal training and boot camps are also available as additional services. Swimming lessons are available seven days per week for all levels, including lessons for people with different abilities which is supported through funds raised during the YMCA Swimathon campaign”.
Ms Fryer encourages anyone who would like to find out more about the Centre, to come on down to the Family Fun Day and ask the friendly staff some questions.
The Centre will be hosting the YMCA Swimathon, which is an annual national fundraising event to raise money for swimming programs for people with disability. It’s an opportunity for people to come together and enjoy swimming and splashing around while raising money for a great cause.
You can create a fundraising page, and you don’t even have to get into the pool if you don’t want to! In 2016, 60 YMCA aquatic centres raised over $310,000 for YMCA Swimathon. This year, they are aiming for $390,000.
Entry is $5.50 and for a child $4.10. A family pass is $18.00 (up to two adults and three children), and for spectators entry is only $2.00. For children aged five and under, a parent needs to be within arms reach at all times.
For more information on the 2017 Swimathon visit https://www.ymcaswimathon.org.au/ or to find out more about the Family Fun Day, call Council on (02) 4560 4444.