Lord Forrest Olympic Pool Redevelopment
The Lord Forrest Olympic-sized swimming pool was opened in 1938 as the second such swimming pool in Australia. In 1999, it was closed and replaced by the Goldfields Oasis Recreation Centre.
The former pool site has been made a Category 1 heritage place, which requires redevelopment approval from the Heritage Council of WA.
A heritage architect was engaged to draw up designs for redeveloping the site into a community facility, with the understanding that the final plan must:
- Retain the art-deco entryway
- Incorporate interpretive elements.
The redevelopment commenced in May 2016 and concluded in August 2017. The new community space will have interpretive elements from the original pool, retain the front entry and will see the former change rooms partially retained as shade shelters.
Stakeholders in this project include:
- City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Council
- City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council
- Heritage Council of WA.