Mt Druitt Swimming Centre
4.30pm Tuesday. $4.30 entry.
Most life threatening swim thus far! Beware a severe summer thunderstorm in an outdoor pool! What risks I take! My favourite moment of the entire visit, and a tale I have been over-narrating ever since: a call over the loudspeaker came to evacuate the pool as the rain started to fall, flashes of lightening visible in relative proximity. It took a bit of cajoling over the microphone to alert people to get out, obviously someone asked something pesky like ‘but why?’ to which the announcer explained ‘cos if lightening strikes the pool you’re dead’. BEST EXPLANATION EVER.
This was but one moment of sheer bemusement I experienced. Another shock was the lack of lane ropes - only two (and my favourite old school single line rope with white (from faded orange) foam baubles and these were dedicated to after school lessons. So the other 6 wide lanes were free for recreating, and on this stinking of hot days, there were naturally MANY pleasure seekers. Another dedicated lapper and I tried to carve out a strip in the middle of the pool, but were constantly being thwarted by divers and dippers and floating devices.
The pool itself was pretty pleasant, SO refreshing after the humid heat and the whole centre, in and out of the water, was filled with an energetic buzz, that approach of a storm frenzy affecting us all. The water wasn’t the cleanest - but again, it was very busy. It might be an amazing pool to visit early in the morning.
However, on the hours of the day point, I did try to visit this pool the week before, not thinking to check that it might not open til 9am - obviously not so many before work power swimmers around. Heaps of grassed areas and kids play spaces, and a massive hot-chip-oil-smelling kind of kiosk.
Apart from the excitement of the evacuation, the other truly amazing elements of the space included to bathrooms and general signage. Fabulous painted ENORMOUS W and M for the change rooms. Interior of the change rooms truly terrifying, no lighting, all dark dark brown paint and tiling. Free showers though.
I now learn that someone I know has been commissioned by Blacktown Council to do a mural on the outer white wall of the centre. Ironically (maybe my community arts hat is too tightly secured at present) I had marvelled that there wasn’t already a mural on the wall! Although the old painted stick figure swimmer was so nice to see, an image from the past indeed.
Mt Druitt Pool Caretaker - such an amazing job! I want this job, imagine if I was the caretaker of a pool! http://mt-druitt-standard.whereilive.com.au/news/story/caretaker-farewells-37-year-mt-druitt-pool-commitment/
Fish-in - I’ve seen this elsewhere, before you drain/close the pool for the winter season you stop the chlorine, reduce the pH and let the algae build up, then add fish, often trout etc. Then people come and fish them out and win prizes: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/wet-a-line-in-a-pool-full-of-fish/story-e6freuy9-1225755708556