Youngsters try out new Port Pirie Aquatic Centre | PHOTOS, VIDEO

A group of cousins had fun as they tested the new Aquatic Centre in Port Pirie on Monday.

It was opening day for the centre, part of the $25 million sport hub development at the swimming pool and Memorial Oval.

Amy Beaumont, of Port Pirie, said she thought she had heard about the opening on Facebook. “My sister is visiting from Port Elliot and we gave the girls the day off school to play with their cousins,” the Mum said.

The heated wading pool has a giant fun sculpture with water effects including a cascading bucket.

Earlier, three lap-swimmers took to the big pool outside the centre. 

The centre handed out leaflets setting out admission fees – adults $5.50, children $4.30 and families $17. 

Swim school, described by Mayor Leon Stephens as being ‘choc-a-block’ with numbers, will cost $13 weekly.

“It is the calm before the storm,” he said as he waited with infrastructure director Kathryn Johnson, centre manager Terry McGinnis and project manager Jeff Adams for the first children to arrive after the doors opened at 6am.

“I am sure we are going to get many people come here. It has been almost nine years in the making.”

Mr McGinnis took The Recorder’s Piper Denholm on tour of the centre.

He said that in addition to the gymnastics and squash amenities, there was a multi-function area suitable for hire for yoga, martial arts or dance. Asked how much the aquatic centre had cost on its own, he replied: “Priceless … you cannot put a number on it.”