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Parap Pool Redevelopment Project

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The Parap Pool Redevelopment is complete and was opened to the public in January 2018. 

The construction of the Parap Pool Redevelopment commenced in September 2016. The project was completed in December 2017.

Parap Pool was officially opened in January 2018.

The redeveloped Parap Pool is a facility for recreational and leisure use catering for all members of the community and swimmers of all abilities. The new facility is FINA compliant, putting Darwin on the national map for swimming competitions, training and events.

Timelapse of the construction


View the Gallery for the project progress photos.

Parap Pool Public Art 

The Parap Pool redevelopment features City of Darwin's first piece of integrated Public Art. 

Under the Surface is a landmark work in the Public Art landscape.

During 2017, Council worked with the Parap Pool Public Artist Jill Chism to build the capacity and skills of local artists. 

This has included:

  • A workshop with twelve emerging artists to support Darwin Fringe Festival’s ‘Pitch Your Tent’ project was facilitated by Jill Chism in June 2017. This project was featured at the opening night of the Darwin Fringe Festival with over 300 people in attendance.
  • A mentorship with local artist Andy Ewing.
  • Public Art Masterclass in September 2017

Watch the video for a behind the scenes look at what has gone into the making of this work. 

Project Budget

The total project construction budget was $15.4M including GST.

The project was jointly funded by City of Darwin, the Australian Government and the NT Government.

Parap Pool Masterplan

The Parap Pool Masterplan provides the vision for the redevelopment project. This construction program has delivered a 50m pool, a 25m program pool, new office, entry, kiosk/café, user amenities and limited dry and zero depth wet play experience.

Major community elements such as the play pool within the Parap Pool Masterplan will be completed as future phases. 

Download the Parap Pool Masterplan here

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about the new facility? We've put together some frequently asked questions to help you out.

Is there a kids’ play area at the new Parap Pool?

There is a shaded zero-depth wet-play area for children.

Major community elements such as a wet and dry leisure area (play pool) within the Parap Pool Masterplan will be completed in future phases.

Is there  all-abilities access at the new facility?

The new facility has been designed to be compliant with current Australian Standards for accessibility.  Both the 25m and 50m pools have ramp access. All-access and family change rooms are available for the community.

Will I be able to access the new Parap Pool during swimming events? 

The new Parap Pool has been designed to be the location for regional, NT and National swimming competitions in Darwin.  However, for the majority of its use, the pool will function as a community recreation facility.

Any events held will be programmed and advertised well in advance to notify patrons.

Does the Parap Pool have a café? 

The new Parap Pool includes a café/kiosk and kitchen so that a greater range of food and beverages will be available at the new facility.

What are the opening hours at the new Parap Pool?

All Council pools including Parap are open during the following times:

Weekdays 5.30am – 7.30pm
Weekends/Public Holidays 8.00am – 7.30pm

*closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday

What are the needs for a competition standard facility?
  • Main pool 51.25m long (with a movable bulkhead of 1.25m) so the pool is accurate for competition distances of 25m and 50m. It will be 25.4m wide, with room for 10 lanes at FINA* compliant widths
  • The main pool will have built in technology to accurately time swims
  • Starting blocks at both ends
  • Depth 2.0m deep at one end and graduate to 1.4m at the other. 
  • Training pool 25m long and 15m wide, heated, and graduating from 1.8m to 1.2m
  • Seating for 600 spectators and ability for a further 1600 temporary seats

*FINA: Fédération Internationale de Natation, the international body for competition-level swimming

Our gallery shows the latest progress photos of the redevelopment. Keep visiting for new images and updates.

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