THE indoor pool at Orange Aquatic Centre experienced a quiet first day on Saturday however those who went for a dip agreed it was worth the wait.
At 12.30pm there was only one adult doing laps in the main pool, while about 10 children were having fun in the children’s pool.
Chris Cameron visited the complex with his three young daughters.
“We came here quite a bit in the summer so it is great we can come here more often through the winter,” he said.
With fair-skinned children he appreciates the pool being covered in.
“I dipped my toe in the big pool, however it felt a little chilly,” he said.
Frea Hansen, who was swimming laps in the new pool while her young daughter swam in the children’s pool, said it was a more economical option for her family than the private facility she used to attend in Orange.
“I like to do some laps while my daughter swims for occupational therapy,” she said.
Ms Hansen said she had already taken out a season ticket so she and her daughter could swim at the complex.
Sydney visitor Danielle Fox and her children Lily, Charlie and Molly also tried out the new pool.
“My husband worked on the pool so we wanted to bring our girls up to see it when it was finished,” she said.
“They’ve been in for two hours and love it.”
The 25-metre pool is designed to operate at 27 degrees and comprises eight lanes 2.5 metres wide.
Among the features of the new facility is a cafe with an external servery window so walkers and residents living nearby can use the cafe.
Orange Aquatic Centre’s indoor pool complex is open:
Monday to Friday - 6am to 7.30pm.
Saturday - 6am to 7pm.
Sunday and public holidays - 8am to 7pm.
Adult - $5.50
Concession card holder - $4
Child - $4
Child under 5 - $2
Multi pass - 10 visits costs $49.50 for an adult and $36 for a child
Season ticket (6 months): $596 for a family, $230 adult price and $166 child and concession price.
Season ticket (12 months): $1,030 for a family, $396 for an adult and $288 for a child or concession.
For more information about the centre go to www.orange.nsw. gov.au/pool.
janice. harris @ruralpress.com