Working towards an early opening of the Pines season

As part of the Victorian Government’s Roadmap to Reopening Victoria, outdoor pools in Metropolitan Melbourne will be allowed to reopen from Monday 28 September.

This is welcome news for many in our community, and we are delighted to say that Peninsula Leisure and Frankston City Council are working towards opening the Pines Forest Aquatic Centre earlier that the usual 1 November season start — to allow for lap swimming to occur.

While every effort is being made to meet the 28 September opening date, this may be slightly delayed while as teams work to perfect and make safe the centre’s water quality.

The early opening will not only allow our engaged and motivated Frankston North community access to the facility for health and wellbeing benefits, it will also provide opportunities for some Peninsula Leisure staff to be re-engaged ahead of PARC’s reopening later this year.


When we do reopen, Pines will look a little different, with our service delivery guided by the Government’s Roadmap restrictions. While we are still awaiting confirmation on a few bits and pieces, here’s what we do know:

  • Lap swimming only: Under the early opening guidelines the pool will be open for lap swimming only. The water slide, toddlers pool, basketball area and recreational swimming will be unavailable
  • Capacity restrictions: We believe that according to the second step of the Roadmap only 20 people will be allowed in the pool at any time.
  • Online bookings: To help adhere to capacity restrictions and provide the safest environment possible, an online booking system will be implemented for all swimming sessions. Walk up bookings will be available, however, we will encourage everyone to pre-book to ensure they do not miss out.
  • Facilities: Upon reopen, the Main Pool (50m) will be available for lap swimming only. Our kiosk will be open for basic supplies such as water or goggles At this point we believe that change rooms and showers will not be available during the Roadmap’s second step, but toilets will be accessible. We hope to receive confirmation for greater access to the facility in future reopen stages.
  • Operating hours: We will also be adjusting our operating hours to allow for thorough cleaning and disinfecting during the day, in addition to between sessions, and to maximise our traditionally busier lap swimming periods. At this point, we are working towards split opening times, with the Centre opening for a morning session, and an evening session Monday to Friday, and a morning session only on weekends. Final confirmation of service open times will be provided once our reopen date is confirmed.
  • 5km zone: You must be within the 5km zone to access the pool during this early opening.

Thank you to Frankston City Council, with whom we collaborate to achieve our goal of enriching the health and wellbeing of the Frankston community. Full details on our official reopen date, how to access the Centre, open hours and cleaning processes will be provided on our website and social media channels once confirmed.

We can’t wait to welcome you back.

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Take a dip in the bay this May! 🌅

Join the @SouthSideFestivalFrankston team for the South Side Sea Soak. Cold-water immersion has long been attributed with both physical and mental health benefits so what better way to celebrate the bay this May?

South Side Sea Soak
Saturday 11 May, 8am
Frankston Foreshore, outside Frankston Life Saving Club
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ANZAC Day is an important day for our nation as we pause and reflect on the service men and women who have fought to protect our country. 🇦🇺🇳🇿🌹

PARC will be open with reduced hours on Thursday 25 April 2024. 

Centre: 1pm-7pm 
Waterslide: 1pm-6pm 
Cafe: 1pm-5pm 
Childcare: Closed
PARC Swim: No Classes
Group exercise: Reduced timetable, check Customer Portal for classes. 

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Did you know that our vision is that 'Every Child In Frankston Can Swim'?🌳👶🏻

The Rotary Peninsula 2.0's Birth Tree is one way that's helping us to achieve this vision. ⚙️

By joining the Birth Tree, you get your child's name on this year's plaque. Plus through the Birth Tree, $45 of every contribution goes straight back to PARC and PINES to help more children build confidence in the water. Your contribution will go directly to funding baby swim programs. It's a great gift to welcome a child into our ever-growing community in Frankston.🏊

You can purchase a place for a baby born this year on the birth tree by heading to our website in the link below. Or for older children, you can add them to the Family Garden. Find out more in the link in our bio.

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Who's joining us tomorrow for our last PINES Free Family Friday of the season? 

Help us see out the PINES season with a bang and head down to our gorgeous outdoor pool for:

✅ Free entry between 4pm-7pm
🌭 Free sausage sizzle 
💦️ Waterslide (weather dependent) 
🎨️️ Face painting 
🙌️ Giveaways 
🥳️ And lots of fun in the water! 

It has been an incredible season and we can't wait to celebrate with our wonderful community.

We can't wait to see you there!

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Spots are still available for our PARC Fit Outdoor term 2! 💪

Due to popular demand we have added another term of PARC Fit Outdoor, running over 6 weeks and set outside in the beautiful surrounds of Beauty Park and Frankston Pier, our 60 minute sessions are a great way to start your mornings. 🌳🏋️‍♀️🏃‍♀️🌿

PARC Fit Outdoor Term 2 kicks off next Monday 15 April! With three different days to choose from across the week, there's still time to book your bootcamp style outdoor training sessions.

To register head to our Customer Portal in the link in our bio.

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Don't forget to book into our Living With Wildlife activity on Friday! 🌿🐨🌿

This arts and crafts this hands-on activity is perfect for children curious about nature!  Creating a habitat for butterflies using native seeds and clay, children will make 'seed balls' to take home and start a butterfly patch in the garden. 🦋🐝🪲

Bookings are essential, so please head to the link below to book your child in for a session. If you cannot attend your booked session, you can cancel through the Eventbrite page.

All items are provided and no live animals, insects or lizards are used. 

📆 When: Friday 12 April 
🕐 Sessions times between 12pm-2pm

To book for our Living With Wildlife activity please head to:

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