Toronto will be home to fully enclosed and accessible swimming baths following the announcement of a $1 million grant from the NSW Government’s Places to Swim program.
Lake Macquarie City Council secured the funding to transform the current Toronto jetty and swimming area – part of the multi-million dollar Toronto Foreshore Master Plan to turn the waterfront into a vibrant lakeside precinct.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said public feedback had identified the baths upgrade as a priority.
“The lake is our jewel and our major recreational asset,” she said.
“Our priority is to create more areas that encourage people to swim in and use this incredible natural attraction.”
“With water quality the best it has been for decades, these baths will provide a place for the community to enjoy the lake and maintain fit and healthy lifestyles.
The upgrade will be modelled on the successful Belmont Baths revitalisation to improve accessibility, amenities and safety. It will include a disability access ramp, netting, jetty extension to provide full enclosure and an upgrade to the amenities building to include an accessible facility.
Regular baths user Rod Mackay welcomed the planned improvements to a site he has loved and patronised for 50 years.
Mr Mackay recalled getting his bronze medallion in the baths, and competing in swimming races at the site in years gone by.
“It’s great – the water is pretty warm, it’s not far from where I live, and a few laps and a cup of coffee are a great way to start the day,” he said.
Design work is expected to start this year, with construction underway in mid-2024.
Go to lakemac.com.au for more information.