Greenacre Leisure Centre
9.30am Wednesday. $3.70 entry.
WHAT A SWIM WHAT A SWIM!
My first swim since in over a week as I was quarantined with a dreadful flu. And what a perfect re-entry pool!
I was the only patron for the most part! Just me and the pool and the sun and the changerooms. Even better, NO POOL LANES! I swam freely across the pool, lengthways, sideways, underwater diving, floating, on the diagonal, diving! Such bliss, serene and quiet, calm water only being disturbed by my strokes, not another person in sight. Clear blue skies this morning and warm sun on my back. I must have floated around for over 30 minutes, making me very late for work!
The water SO clear - you could see ripples across the other corner of the pool. Only 25m, my only gripe. Other pools were a wading shallow and a 25m 1.25m deep lesson pool. This is a seasonal facility - open from October until 11th April only. The water is also unheated - so was rather nippy upon entry! Great white contact lining, subtle grey line markings, clean blue tiling around the edge. Modern flat edge of the pool filtration system - which added to the smoothness of the swim. So nice to swim without lane ropes - they can be so cumbersome to the eye and the waylaid arm!
They seem to love their fencing here - some fairly ominous fencing outside the entrance blocks off access to a storm water trench complete with barbed wire, and some internal fencing seperating the kids area from the main pool.
The 3 staff here were fairly laid back - lazing in the sun catching up on the news. They were more than happy to chat to me as I was leaving, in fact this is the first place where I have disclosed my project to staff! They loved it, had all sorts of suggestions for me. Perfect time: 2-3pm (after school classes have left and before people finish work). Notable pools in their opinion: Sutherland, Granville, Parramatta. Best guage of good water quality: when you can see to the end. Apparently even during the peak of summer this place doesn’t get too hectic, at least not during the week.
The other way you can tell it is a seasonal facility coming to the end of term is the bathrooms. Ugh. They were concrete instead of the more usual tiles - they looked very underutilised or attended to - dead cockroach in one shower a good example. And 20c for a shower…
This swim put me in the bestest of moods for most of this day, I feel so nourished and refreshed and SO glad to be healed of illness and back to the swimming. It felt like the longest 10 days without swimming ever.
This is one of four pools within the Bankstown LGA which I think is quite impressive. If the other two are like this one and Birrong I am in for some more treats!
Interesting article - don’t think these proposed changes went ahead - but interesting stats on the number of patrons during winter time: http://www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au/Bankstown-Leisure-Centres-Greenacre/default.aspx