Jump for joy, NARC is open

The Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre is now open!

Every detail of the facility has been carefully thought through to bring to life a sustainable and truly inclusive space where the whole community can feel embraced, safe and welcome.

Few have had a closer eye on it than Warren and Mahoney Associate Principal and Project Architect, Brett Diprose, who took the brief from Darebin Council, and created the 6 Star Green Star design that now sets the standard for future aquatic centres in Australia.

Brett says in addition to the centre’s fantastic leisure facilities and sustainability credentials – which include significant use of solar, all electric (no gas connection to site) and other initiatives – NARC is about inclusion.

“Accessibility and balance are at the heart of this design and have been executed brilliantly by our construction partners, KANE. The breadth of facilities, the layout – including a specific adult-only bathing area, expansive café and sprawling grounds surrounding the outdoor pool – enables this centre to truly act as a community hub,” he said.

Aside from the wide array of recreation facilities, there are some important operational elements of the design that drive inclusivity.

Change facilities are welcoming to a cross section of the community, with options that cater to individuals, families and those reliant on high-need carers.

Darebin resident Amelia said she finds the facility affirming and likes the safety of the individual shower and change rooms.

“It is incredible to have a space where sexuality and gender diverse experiences are considered in the planning, building and activity planning,” she said.

The centre has been designed to be used by the Darebin and wider community. It will be available for local and district school carnivals and could host swimming and water polo competitions.

Andy who came along to have a look with his local grandson said he was very impressed by the facility and is keen to sign up.

“It’s really quite amazing to be honest. I am really impressed. I’ll certainly be coming along to whatever you have on offer for seniors of my vintage,” he said.

The Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre is all about inclusion and providing a great experience to everyone in the community from young babies right through to the elderly, with targeted programming in pools and wellness spaces, to keep our community healthy, strong and connected.

Whether you are visiting for the hour, or the day, the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre is ready to welcome you to work towards your health and wellbeing goals.

Darebin Council acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government through the Community Infrastructure Loan and Changing Places Funding Programs.