How can I keep active during the redevelopment?
There are plenty of ways to keep active:
1. Neighbourhood Fitness Hubs
Keep your favourite fitness classes and instructors at our Neighbourhood Fitness Hubs! Exercise hubs in East Keilor and surrounds will offer classes suitable for all ages and abilities, including Cycle, Les Mills, Lite Pace and more!
2. Transfer your membership
Transferring to Ascot Vale Leisure Centre or Windy Hill Fitness Centre will give you access to a special rate, the same classes and many of the same instructors! You’ll also receive one month free! Learn more.
3. Join a local gym or swim schoolThere are a number of local businesses offering fitness and aquatic services for all ages. See what’s around.
Why are we rebuilding the centre?
East Keilor Leisure Centre plays a key role in supporting local residents to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing. Over the years the centre has been improved and upgraded, but the pools and the centre facilities are at the end of their serviceable life and will soon be beyond repair.
Is Council planning to introduce any other facilities in this area?
In the coming months we will be exploring improvements to the recreational facilities at Quinn Grove Reserve, and considering the need for additional facilities in this area. Consultation on these plans will take place later this year.
What will happen to my membership and programs during the development?
Will the centre be closed down during the redevelopment?
Yes, the centre will close on Sunday, 3 March 2019. Site-testing, equipment removal, site preparation, demolition and construction will follow.
There are plenty of options for members to keep active during the redevelopment:
· Join a Neighbourhood Fitness Hub
· Transfer your membership to Ascot Vale Leisure Centre or Windy Hill Fitness Centre
· Join a local gym or swim school
When will the old centre be demolished?
At this stage, we expect to begin larger-scale works from mid-winter. In the meantime, important site-testing works and equipment removal will commence. Regular updates on the project’s progress will be posted to this page.
Why has the opening date changed to early 2021?
Unforeseen delays with contract management have impacted complete demolition of the centre and this delay has impacted our expected opening date, which is now early 2021. Whilst delays such as this can be frustrating, be assured that we are working to secure the best result for our community. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.
What will happen to my membership and programs during the development; such as learn to swim and group fitness classes? What are my options?
During construction the existing facility will not be available for use. We are working on providing a range of options to ensure regular patrons can remain active during this time. Opportunities will soon be available for members to provide input into planning for the continuation of services and programs.
We understand that there are limited facilities available in the immediate area but will be working to provide a range alternative options to families in the coming months. Council will provide regular updates to members in regards to future service opportunities.
What will happen to the synthetic soccer pitch next door?
We plan to continue utilising the synthetic pitch during the redevelopment. However, we need to ensure the construction works do not pose a safety issue for players. We will liaise with users of the soccer pitch regarding any impacts.
Is there likely to be any impact on Essendon Keilor College located next door?
will be no impact to the operation of Essendon Keilor College, however the East
Keilor Leisure Centre car park will not be accessible for school pick up and
Council will continue to work with the school throughout the project.
Will there be an outdoor pool?
What is the redevelopment budget?
The complete project budget is $49.9 million including designs, demolition, build and fitout, landscaping, etc. In April 2018, Council received news that the Victorian Government will contribute $3 million to the project, and Council is exploring further funding opportunities with both the Federal and State Governments.