ORANGE residents will jump into summer with a splash on December 1 when the Orange Aquatic Centre opens its doors for free.
The community day will include a free barbecue, lucky door prize, fun relay races, biggest splash competitions, stalls from Royal Life Saving and Cancer Council, and a free water safety demonstration.
As well as free entry to the pool, visitors will also have the chance to purchase a three-month summer pass for the aquatic centre at a one-day only discounted rate of $116 for an adult, $84 for a child or concession, or $158 for a family.
Other passes including 10-visit multi passes and six and 12-month season tickets will also be sold with a 15 per cent discount on the day, as will other merchandise from the centre.
“The idea of the day is get people to visit the centre, enjoy the experience and therefore come back and become repeat users,” the aquatic centre’s manager Josh Maley said in a report to council.
“I believe this can become a regular event the city can look forward to.”
Mr Maley hopes to have a celebrity race featuring local identifies as the main event of the day and free passes to the centre will be given out as prizes for the winners of the day’s activities and events.
“The community day is aimed at building a strong relationship between the residents of Orange and the aquatic centre,” he said.
Pool admission is $5.50 for an adult, $4 for concession card holders and children, $2 for children under 5 and $14.30 for a family.
Entry is free for non-swimmers supervising a child.