The Beenleigh Aquatic Centre is about to undergo major upgrades that include a new 50-metre, eight-lane swimming pool.

The new pool will replace the current six-lane pool, which opened in September 1964.

The pool is non-metric and has a length of 33-and-a-third yards long, or just over 30 metres.

At the time, completing three lengths of the pool was the equivalent of the then Olympic 100-yard race.

The new pool will be suitable to host official competitions and swim training, while also providing recreational swimmers with more room to cool off, with heating for the cooler months.

The Beenleigh Aquatic Centre upgrade was influenced by feedback from almost 400 community members.

When completed, the centre will also feature a large water play area, modern and accessible changerooms, multipurpose rooms, shaded outdoor seating and a kiosk.

There are also works to improve and expand the centre’s carpark.

Mayor Jon Raven said Logan residents wanted affordable ways to spend time with families and stay active.

“And I’m proud we are delivering that,” Cr Raven said.

“All eyes will be on our city with the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

So who knows? The next Mollie O’Callaghan or Jodie Henry might be training right here in Beenleigh at the new 50 metre pool.”

Local councillor Karen Murphy said Beenleigh pool served the local community well for almost 60 years, but it was time for a new era.

“The pool has been a well-used venue where people of all ages could discover and develop their love of swimming,” Cr Murphy said.

“We are looking forward to seeing that connection continue at this spacious new facility, which will cater to everyone from competitive lap swimmers and school swim carnivals to our smallest children just looking for a fun splash around.”

Logan City council said the facility would include a range of environmentally conscious design elements, including solar panel, energy-efficient lighting, the recycling of water for use in toilets, and construction using low-carbon concrete.

“Council is aiming for the new facility to get a 5-star energy rating with the Green Building Council of Australia,” a council statement said.

The indoor pool will remain open to the public while works are completed, as will existing programs like aqua aerobics and swimming lessons.

The Beenleigh Aquatic Centre upgrade is expected to be complete in 2025.

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