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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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🏊‍♂️🏊‍♀️ Youth Summer Swim Intensive, 8 - 12 January 🏊‍♂️🏊‍♀️

❓ Do you know a 13 – 17 year old who isn’t confident around water?
❓ Has your teenager missed out on regular swimming lessons growing up? 
❓ Do you want your teen to gain water safety skills so you can all enjoy going to the beach and pool parties? 

This January, PARC is offering a fully subsidised 5-day Youth summer swim program. 
This program is for teenagers aged 13 years to 17 years old who do not regularly participate in swimming and water safety lessons and wish to gain skills to be safer in and around water. The 5-day intensive program will group teenagers in like levels for progressive and age focused activities, aimed to improve swimming fitness and practise in water safety and rescue techniques. 

This is a really important age group for water safety awareness, with beach sessions and pool parties coming up over summer. 

WHEN: Monday 8 January – Friday 12 January 
TIME: 45minute sessions, between 10.30am-1.30pm 
WHO: Youth aged 13 - 17 years old
COST: Fully subsidised 
RSVP: Learn more and book in for free via our website here: 
Make sure you select the ‘PARC Swim Vision’ tab to see the full information and complete the form.

Any questions? Please email 

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🎄PARC Christmas Hours 🎄

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18 Dec - 23 Dec: Hours as normal
Sunday 24 Dec: 7am-6pm
Monday 25 Dec: CLOSED
Tuesday 26 Dec: 7am-7pm
27-30 Dec: Hours as normal
Sunday 31 Dec: 7am-6pm
Monday 1 Jan: 7am-7pm
Jan 2 and beyond: Hours as normal

For a more in depth breakdown on the services available please see our website! 

🚨 REMINDER: PARC closing early on Saturday 9th December 🚨

PARC will be closing at 6pm on Saturday 9th December as our staff enjoy their end of year Christmas function. 

Please allow for extra time in planning your workout or swim as the centre will close an hour earlier. 

We will open at 7am as per normal operating hours on Sunday 10th December.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Christmas sweet treat, anyone? 🍭🍬 

This is your sign to try our cafe special next time you’re in!! It’s the silly season, so come and try our special Santa shake! It’s rolling out fast this month 🎄🎅🏻 

#PARCFrankston #santashake #christmasmilkshake #yum #foodie
Still looking for the perfect gift for a special someone? 🎁 We've got you covered! 🤩

Gift your loved one something from the Peninsula's award winning recreation centre and support them in building happy, healthy habits. 

We have loads of different gift ideas from our retail range, personal training, memberships, swimming lessons, gift vouchers and more! 

Visit us in Centre to see our retail range, or let our friendly team help you purchase a voucher for your special someone. Or, check out our website and purchase a membership online. 

#PARCFrankston #christmasgift #giftinspiration
Time to re-enrol for Childcare! 🧸

A friendly reminder to enrol your child into childcare again for 2024. Everybody needs to reenrol, even if you regularly attended this year. 

You can download a copy of the form on our website. Link in bio. 

Thanks for your cooperation

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