The Lord Forrest Olympic Pool Redevelopment will feature heritage tours of the site and showcase the potential for activities and events to be held in the space.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the project is an exciting example of how a practical space could be created whilst taking into consideration the heritage of a building or site.
“This project took a long time to get off the ground, as there was a very fine balance that had to be found between respecting the heritage of the site and the buildings and creating a space that the City, and ultimately the community, could use in a meaningful way,” he said.
“I know there are still people who are disappointed, and some who are even surprised that Lord Forrest will not be reopening as a swimming pool, but what we have now is an exciting and very usable space that can be utilised for concerts and performances, functions, weddings or, as is happening during the Race Round, outdoor markets, right in the Kalgoorlie CBD.”
“The official opening will be a chance for the community to come down and see the finished product for themselves. There are some fantastic stories and images from the history of the Lord Forrest Pool that have been incorporated into the facility, and our Heritage Services team will be running tours. There will also be live music by Eleven13 Records, and youth activities and a Skateboarding WA workshop in Kingsbury Park to give people a sense of how the two spaces complement each other.”
The Lord Forrest Olympic Pool Redevelopment Project was supported by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program and Lotterywest.