The Lara Pool, known as the Abe and Jean McClelland Pool
, is celebrating its 50th birthday this Saturday 2 March, with free entry and activities for the public.
The family fun day will run from 12.00noon to 3.00pm, with entertainment to include an aqua roller and a visit from Webstar the Swim Sport and Leisure platypus.
Officially opened on 2 March 1963, the Abe and Jean McClelland Pool was the first chlorinated pool to open in Geelong.
It was built by the Shire of Corio on land donated by Councillor Abe McClelland and his wife Jean, and has been extremely popular from the outset, with thousands of people attracted to the centre.
Last season the centre attracted over 21,000 visits including casual, multi visit holders and members.
The Lara Swimming Club was established by Mr. Herb Jeffrey, with the first swim meet held in conjunction with the pool opening. The Swim Club has a proud history of teaching and coaching many swimmers who have competed at Club, District, Country, State and National Levels.
In 2009 the pool underwent a major upgrade and now offers a safe and fun day out for the whole family.
Facilities include a 50 metre pool, toddler pool, kids’ pirate-themed water playground, mini waterslides, plenty of shaded areas, kiosk and free car parking.
Lara Councillor Tony Ansett said the Abe and Jean McClelland pool had long been a popular meeting place for Lara locals.
“For 50 years now Lara families have enjoyed coming together for a swim at their local pool,” said Cr Ansett.
“This Saturday will be a great opportunity to celebrate all the friendships, new skills and memories formed at the Abe and Jean McClelland Pool.”
“I invite everyone in the community to come along, not just those from Lara but the whole community, to see what a fantastic facility we have here,” said Cr Ansett.