Lambton Pool celebrates 60th anniversary with grand re-opening

17 Dec 2023


City of Newcastle has splashed out with a pool party at Lambton Park War Memorial Swimming Centre to celebrate the completion of the new $2.2 million grandstand.

The concrete structure is capable of hosting 800 people and includes much-needed storage space for operational requirements including equipment for sporting groups, and upgraded accessibility.

It's the first time the grandstand has been replaced since Lambton Park War Memorial Swimming Centre was officially opened in 1963 by then Lord Mayor, Alderman F J Purdue, in memory of those who have served in all conflicts.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes officially opened the new grandstand and shared cupcakes with young swimmers to mark the anniversary.

"Lambton was City of Newcastle's first inland pool so we know it holds a special place in the hearts of Novocastrians," Cr Nelmes said.

"It's wonderful to celebrate such a significant milestone for this much-loved community facility."

An average of 184,000 people visit the centre annually, making it the most popular swimming centre in the Hunter.

"Replacing the grandstand is further evidence of City of Newcastle's commitment to our Inland Pools Strategy 2043, which sets out a strategic path to enhance and protect Newcastle's five public pools over the next 20 years,” Cr Nelmes said.

"Sport and recreation are a valuable part of life in Newcastle. Everyone who has visited Lambton Pool will have a favourite memory and it's important we continue to invest in our public pool network so swimmers can enjoy them for generations to come."

The completion of the new grandstand comes a year after the nine-metre tall, 120m-long twisting waterslide was also replaced at the facility.

Other more recent upgrades include the installation of three smaller grandstands with shade shelters adjacent to the diving pool, while work over the winter closure included safety upgrades, extensive re-painting, and maintenance of the pool tiles and promenades.

City of Newcastle has invested more than $5 million upgrading and $2 million maintaining the city's public pool network during the past few years to ensure they continue to meet the expectations and evolving needs of more than 320,000 people who visit them each year.