I was fortunate enough to attend the WaterMarc members only VIP pre-opening event on 1st September 2012 to see firsthand what all the fuss is about and I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I was extremely impressed!
WaterMarc is a multi activity leisure centre in Greensborough, Victoria. It is the largest aquatic and recreation facility in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and it has all the bells and whistles you would expect of a new facility of this magnitude, topped off with extremely friendly and helpful staff focusing on the customer experience.
The $42 million project was funded by Banyule City Council, with contributions from the Federal and Victorian Governments. It was designed by Peddlethorp architects in close consultation with a Community Consultation Committee, comprising local residents, the president of the Greensborough Traders Association and local business people. The facility was built by ADCO Construction and is managed by Belgravia Leisure.
This facility caters for everything from learn-to-swim to the elite and I would challenge anyone to visit this facility and not find at least one activity that they would happily participate in.
WaterMarc offers a wide range of fitness classes and training programs, including:
- A health Club with over 120 pieces of equipment (900 metres2), featuring the latest state of the art Technogym equipment;
- A group fitness studio, wellness studio and cycle studio;
- 50 metre indoor pool which can be converted to two x 25 metre pools;
- Learn to swim pool;
- Leisure/toddler pool;
- Two giant watersides – tantrum alley and pipeline;
- Huge water play space including a ‘zero depth’ aquatic play area/spray park;
- Warm water therapy pool;
- Spa, steam and sauna;
- Personal Training;
- Café; and
- Community spaces.
My family enjoyed a lovely day trying out all the facility had to offer, with the ultimate seal of approval coming from my six year old who announced “this is the best day of my entire life!”
As well as the amount of fun stuff for the whole family, I was really impressed with the potential for the local community to use this facility as a meeting place to develop a sense of community. It was evident that the oversized reception and lounge area had been structured in such a way, enabling people to meet, mingle and form friendships.
I believe every community deserves a facility like this to enhance the health and wellbeing of the local community, as well as benefiting from the economic benefits that come with the construction and going operations of a facility of this scale.
For more information, visit the WaterMarc website or do yourself a favour and visit the facility yourself. You won’t be disappointed!