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Botany Aquatic Centre redevelopment

Learn more about our redevelopment work of Botany Aquatic Centre which is due to progress in winter 2025.

Bayside Council is committed to redeveloping the much loved Botany Aquatic Centre (BAC) which is due to progress in winter 2025, and includes:

  • Adventure waterplay and slides
  • 50 metre outdoor competition pool and 25 metre indoor lap pool
  • Indoor learn to swim pool
  • A new building with entrance, amenities, gym space, change rooms and kiosk
  • New grandstand
  • Landscaping of the open green space

Engagement snapshot

We engaged with the community in 2019, and received hundreds of informed and passionate responses. We listened and incorporated your feedback into our project plans.

We received the most feedback from residents aged 36 to 45, with most respondents telling us they normally visit BAC to bring their kids, enjoy a swim, and to meet friends and family.

You also told us:

  • 33% agreed current pools at BAC are sufficient
  • 52.7% would like additional multi-functional pools
  • 77.3% agreed the change rooms need upgrading
  • 79% would like to see waterplay areas for kids

Visit the Botany Aquatic Centre Have Your Say page for more information about our engagement process and results.

Project updates

Date Update
22 March

Redevelopment lodged with NSW Planning

Bayside Council have lodged a Development Application (DA) to the NSW Planning Portal for the Botany Aquatic Centre redevelopment.

The DA will be assessed by an external planning consultant and the Independent Planning Panel (IPP) will then determine the result. The pool will remain open for the 2024 / 25 summer while the DA assessment process is completed.

Read our media release for more information.


Design plans

Our site plan for the BAC redevelopment show what is changing and where new features are located. You can see below how the developments may look when completed.

a helicopter view showing the plans for the bac redevelopment


Our redevelopment plans include the return of water slides to Botany Aquatic Centre.

graphic showing the proposed slide design

Pool area

Our community pool design looks to create a connection with landscape that speaks to the Booralee parkland location.

The design draws inspiration from the heritage of the existing centre, while the scale of the building provides a sense of shelter around the recreational pools.

This design offers a 50m pool with spectator seating, outdoor café, waterslides and a splash pad, but still preserves the open space and areas for family barbeques.

image showing a generated display plan for the new pool area


The new foyer is designed to be a gateway onto the park and provides simple and intuitive access to the centre. 

image of generated design plan showing the plan for the foyer

Indoor pool

Our layout of the indoor pool hall considers environmental factors that enhance sustainability.

The hall is aligned so the pool receives heating and controlled natural lighting from the sun throughout the day. This will facilitate year long learn to swim and 25m programme pools, spectator seating and allow easy access to the landscape beyond. 

image of generated design plan showing the indoor pool hall

Spectator seating

Spectator seating provides shade for large groups catering for swim meets and galas. 

image of generated design plan showing spectator seating design

Splash pad

Our splash pad offers shade covered family play which is surrounded by grass areas. Existing trees and plants will be retained where possible to preserve the nature and characteristics of the current swim centre. 

image of generated design plan showing splash plan design

More information

For more information or questions about the BAC redevelopment project, contact our City Projects team who are available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Phone: 9562 1564
Post: PO Box 21, Rockdale NSW 2216