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Aquatic Centre of the Year Award

Major upgrades to Parkinson Aquatic Centre have helped City Venue Management (CVM) win the 2019 Jonas Leisure Facility of the Year Award.

The Australian Leisure Facilities Association Queensland (ALFAQ) Awards are held annually in Brisbane.

About the Parkinson Aquatic Centre

Spantech constructed the Parkinson Aquatic Centre in 2016.  It is a large full-service aquatic and recreation centre. Stage 1 opened with a 20m indoor learn-to-swim pool and an outdoor 50m swimming pool.  An aquatic rock climbing wall leans out over the deep end of the 50m pool. Family friendly changing facilities and an on-site café were also included in Stage 1.

Three years later Spantech added a large health club. The gymnasium includes a group fitness room, spin room and outdoor fitness circuit.  A small creche was also added.  The creche lets parents get full benefit from the pools and gym.

See the full details about the design and constriction of this award winning aquatic centre at Parkinson Aquatic Centre.

South Brisbane’s Parkinson Aquatic Centre named Queensland facility of the year

Bryn Whales (third from left) presenting the award to the team from Parkinson Aquatic Centre (from left) Christian Diaz, Manager of Parkinson Aquatic Centre; CVM General Manager, Jay Clark and CVM Operations Manager, Heath Rackley.

Aquatic Centre of the Year Award

The 2019 Australian Leisure Facility Association, Queensland (ALFAQ) Awards were held at a Gala Dinner in Brisbane.

Bryn Whales, Sales Manager of Jonas Leisure presented the award.

Whales said it was fantastic to be able to recognise the work of Parkinson and its facility manager City Venue Management (CVM).

“Parkinson is a great example of how a modern aquatic facility should be set up. It’s an ideal case study for anyone looking to open a new or upgraded facility and a deserving winner”, said Whales.

Other finalists included facilities from the Sunshine Coast and Cairns.

Swimmers enjoy the award winning Parkinson Aquatic Centre

Visitor Numbers

“In the short time since the Parkinson Aquatic Centre has been open to the public, they have already driven a large increase in visitors”, he said.  “More than 260,000 people visited the facility in 2018/19, up from 194,000 the year before.”

Future Developments

Further developments plans include a children’s water park, multi-purpose courts and multi-storey car park.  This work is planned for 2024.

Pool Safety

Whales also acknowledged Parkinson’s dedication to best practice, staff training and providing an excellent experience for its community. Its traineeship program for high school students had led to jobs for many participants.  CVM also closely collaborates with Royal Lifesaving Australia to ensure the facility surpasses all standards in the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations.


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