Get ready for happy summer days at the outdoor pools

Published: 11 October 2023

Cardinia Shire’s outdoor pools will open again in November, ready for community members to enjoy during the sizzling summer days ahead.

The pools at Garfield, Koo Wee Rup and Pakenham will open on Saturday 11 November, with the wading pool in the Emerald Lake Park Precinct scheduled to open on Thursday 23 November.

In a change to operating days across the entire opening season, pools will open if the temperature reaches 26 degrees in the pool’s location, as forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology at 4pm the day prior.

To check if their local pool is open on a particular day, residents can visit the Cardinia Leisure website homepage during pool operating months, anytime from 4pm the day prior to their planned visit. Pool opening information will also be posted daily on the Cardinia Outdoor Pools Facebook page

The decision to open the shire’s outdoor pools on days 26 degrees or warmer was made after reviewing pool attendance data over the past few years. This data showed that low or no attendance was quite common on days under 26 degrees.

Maintenance, cleaning and upgrade works have taken place on all outdoor pools in preparation for summer 2023-24. Key improvements include repainting of the pool shells at Emerald and Pakenham, installation of CCTV cameras at Pakenham, bird deterrent technology installed at Pakenham and Koo Wee Rup, and pool tile repairs at Garfield and Koo Wee Rup.

Cardinia Leisure will also be hosting various events and activities at the outdoor pools during summer.

For outdoor pool season dates, operating hours and entry fees visit the Outdoor Pool season 2023-24 page on the Cardinia Leisure website.

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