Upgrades mean long term access

THE Gatton swimming pool officially reopened on Monday after new heating pumps were installed.

The heating pumps were a welcome upgrade to the facility with the main pool now sitting at a comfortable 29 degrees and the teaching pool a toasty 32 degrees.

The Gatton Swim Centre has had to close every winter since it opened in 1968 with swimming teams having to hike to a Toowoomba pool three or four times a week to train.

Gatton Swim Centre's Trish Reinhardt said the heating pumps meant the pool could now remain open all year round for the first time and allowed local swimmers to train close to home without travelling to Toowoomba.

“It's a huge change for Gatton, usually we'd be taking people to Toowoomba and hiring lane space up there in the winter,” Mrs Reinhardt said.

“We would get around 80 to 100 kids and parents who do it every year just to keep training.

“To be able to swim in their home town it's going to be huge and we've opened and the town doesn't even know about it yet because there has been no advertising and no media.”

Linda Frederiksen and her two sons Calum, 2, and Dain, 3, were the first to try out the newly heated teaching pool as part of the Water Babies class.

The teaching pool is now encased in an undercover plastic shelter with the main pool using heat blankets to ensure the water temperatures remain at a comfortable and warm temperature.

“This has been a long time coming,” she said.

“Gatton should have had this years ago.”

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