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Peninsula Aquatic and Recreation Centre opens with a splash

Local Federal MP for Frankston Bruce Billson today officially opened the city’s new $49.7 million Peninsula Aquatic and Recreation Centre (PARC).

Mr Billson said today is a celebration of the hard work of many in the community who have brought this state-of-the-art facility to fruition.

“There are 120,000 residents in the City of Frankston, including 20,000 children who will make great use of the PARC and it’s an honour to be here today to officially open it,” Mr Billson said.

“With heart disease and lung cancer the two most significant causes of premature deaths in Frankston and the incidence of diabetes rising, the activities, gym and swimming facilities that PARC offers will provide healthy lifestyle opportunities for all members of our community.

“The PARC caters for people of all ages and abilities and will help drive growth in the Frankston economy through the creation of 25 permanent and 200 casual jobs.

“I commend the Frankston City Council, State and Federal Governments for working hard to see this project completed.”

The PARC boasts waterslides, an Olympic-sized pool, learn to swim pools, an aquatic playground a warm water exercise pool, crèche, state of the art gymnasium and exercise rooms, and a health and wellbeing centre.

Mr Billson was today joined by State Sport and Recreation Minister Damian Drum and Frankston City Mayor Darrel Taylor.

Frankston City Mayor Darrel Taylor said the project was delivered “on time and on budget” and that it had a strong business model in place to ensure it was sustainable into the future.

“We are so proud to have been able to deliver this outstanding facility for our residents,” Cr Taylor said.

“It is a lot much more than just a swimming pool and will service our city and surrounds for many years to come.

“Since opening to the public last week, more than 6,000 people have visited the facility with more than 2,800 gyms memberships registered and 800 children booked in for learn to swim classes, which shows just how excited the community is to have the doors open to the new facility.

“The city is abuzz with news of its completion and it’s another sign that Frankston is a city moving forward.”

A crowd of about 150 invited guests attended the opening which included the PARC pool’s first official swim by Frankston seniors club The Fabulous Fifties while local school children enjoyed the waterslides and playground.