Kensington Rec Centre construction progressing

Kensington Rec Centre Build

The Kensington Community Aquatic and Recreation Centre is moving closer to completion, with planned street closures in place this month to accommodate construction.

From the middle of April, sections of Kensington Rd will be blocked off to allow stormwater works associated with the project. Traffic will be managed as required to ensure the area remains accessible.

The structure’s roof will also be installed in the coming months. This section is expected to be finalised by the middle of this year.

The external facade brickwork and the pool within the aquatic area are both more than 70 per cent complete. Concrete slabs in the stadium section, as well as metal door frames within the facility have already been finished.

Located within JJ Holland Park, the recreational precinct will feature a new 25-metre pool and improved gym facilities, as well as children’s play equipment and accessible change rooms.

Three full-sized courts will provide space for the community to play a variety of sports, including basketball, netball and futsal. The centre will also feature a new cafe and wellness areas.

The former recreation centre building was demolished to make way for the $42 million upgrade, which is currently running behind its original schedule.

Significant delays occurred following the discovery of asbestos-containing material at the site in October 2022. The project recommenced in mid-2023 once this contaminated soil was safely removed.

Plans for the redevelopment were initially put forward by the City of Melbourne in 2018. Construction of the improved centre began in late 2021.

It is expected that the centre will be open to the public during 2025. •

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