Developing a 10-year shared vision between Council and the community for upgrading Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre.


During January and February 2018 Inner West Council completed community engagement on the current use and future vision for the Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre (LPAC). The feedback we received has been used to develop the draft Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre Master Plan which will be used to guide improvements at the LPAC over the next ten years

The Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre was opened in the 1960s and the first master plan was adopted in 2005 by the Former Leichhardt Council.

What is proposed to improve the Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre?

The draft master plan aims to improve the user experience at LPAC, while retaining items that staff and the community enjoy. Specific strategies include:

  • Install a new nature based recreation zone with water play, toddler water play and water jet area. The proposed design will be integrated into the foreshore setting of trees and vegetation
  • Refurbished the existing building (lower terrace) with community function room and hire space with outdoor seating and harbour views
  • Install new picnic areas with BBQs, picnic settings and turf recreation spaces
  • Provide new unisex family change rooms
  • Construct a new 50m lap pool with an additional 2 lanes (10 lanes) with movable boom
  • Provide new spectator seating overlooking the 50m lap pool, improved shade structures, outdoor showers and new planting
  • Refurbish the existing diving pool and tower
  • Enclose the ‘mushroom’ children’s water play pool area with new operable roof and sliding doors – so the facilities can be used in winter as a closed area and opened for fresh air and breezes in summer
  • Refurbished Program Pool 2 with new hand rails and ventilation
  • Co-locate the male and female pool change rooms, toilets and showers.
  • Co-locate the fitness studios
  • Relocate the cafe with expanded outdoor covered seating area
  • Relocate and provide a new crèche, reception area and administration rooms
  • Improve the entry design with new landscaping
  • Improved equal access and circulation around the facility

Further Information

View the draft master plan

Read the Council report

Have your say

We’d like to hear from you again before Council adopts the plans. This will makes sure the proposed LPAC improvement meet your needs now and into the future. Complete the form below to tell us whether you support the draft plans and provide any comment you may have.

Feedback closes 31 October 2018

What happens next

The feedback received will be incorporated into the final master plan which will be considered by Council for adoption. All those who provided feedback will be advised when the master plan will be considered by Council.


Do you support the draft Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre master plan? Required
Your contact details

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Indicate all statements that apply to you: Required
Where do you get food and beverages from when you visit the facility? Choose all that apply Required
Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements about LPAC and its surrounds: Required
Undecided or N/A
Entry is easy to find
It is easy to find the Centre from the harbour foreshore
It is easy to get around
I can easily find what I need in the Centre
There is enough bicycle parking nearby
There is enough seating throughout
There are enough rubbish bins
I love the character and appearance of the Centre
LPAC is a modern facility
I would use picnic or barbecue facilities if they were provided
It is well connected to surrounding recreation facilities like the Bay Run and Leichhardt Park
Leichhardt Park needs better footpaths and kerb ramps
There is enough shade around the pool
The pool meets my fitness swimming needs
The pool meets my recreation needs
I am satisfied with the pool change room facilities
The pool area needs better lighting
The hydrotherapy pool meet my rehabilitation or exercise needs
The children I attend the pool with enjoy using the pool
The children I attend the pool with enjoy using the children’s pool play area
My children would like a better water play area
I am satisfied with the group fitness facilities
The cardio area of the gym meets my needs
The weights area of the gym meet my needs
The group fitness studios meet my needs
I am happy with the gym change rooms
The children I bring to the crèche are happy and well looked after
The crèche meets my needs
I am satisfied with the food and beverage options at the Centre
The café is in the best location within the Centre
The café has enough tables and chairs
The retail area meets my needs
I have purchased items from the retail area before
This question is about accessibility. Please indicate how easy it is for you to get in and around the Centre Required
Very difficult
Very Easy
Not applicable
Accessing the Centre from the car park
Accessing the Centre from Leichhardt Park
Accessing the Centre from the Bay Run
Getting into the water from the pool surrounds
Getting into the children’s area and program pool from the pool entrance
Getting into the hydrotherapy pool from the pool entrance
Accessing the gym from the entrance
Getting to the crèche from the entrance
Getting to the grassed area from the entrance
Age Required
Gender Required
How often do you visit the Aquatic Centre? Required
Are you a member of a sporting club that use LPAC for training, competitions etc? Required
About you

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.