Cardinia’s Seasonal Pools Opening Soon! – What you need to know

With the outdoor pool season less than a month away, Aligned Leisure and the Cardinia Shire Council are excited to share some important changes to the operation of Cardinia’s Seasonal Pools. 

Commencing this summer, Pakenham, Koo Wee Rup and Garfield pools will now operate with the same opening times and same temperature triggers to make it easier for you to know when our pools will be open.

The changes will see the three pools brought in line with each other and will open according to Weekends & Public Holidays, School Days and School Holidays. The Emerald Lake Wading Pool will open from 12:00pm-6:30pm.

The change also means that during January, all pools will open EVERY DAY regardless of temperature. This change will allow residents and visitors to plan-ahead, knowing these facilities will be open to the public throughout the month and make the most of the school holidays.

“The Cardinia Seasonal facilities are outstanding community assets. On the back of analysing the past two years of attendance data, we are really excited to introduce these changes in partnership with the Cardinia Shire Council and open these facilities during times that we know make the most sense for the community.” – Simon Bryson, Cardinia Leisure Manager.

All four Cardinia Seasonal Pools – Pakenham, Koo Wee Rup, Garfield and Emerald Lake will open for a guaranteed 3 hours on days where the temperature is not forecasted to exceed the minimum 26 degrees. Staff will have the option to keep the pools open for the remainder of the day if the weather turns favourable or the pools are well attended.

“This change gives us the flexibility to keep the pools open on days where the weather forecast may have missed the mark, or on days where we have healthy attendances at the sites. With these changes in place the benefit to the community will be invaluable, residents will have guaranteed access to these pools during the peak school holiday period and we hope to see all Cardinia residents make the most of these assets”, Mr Bryson said.

Throughout the summer, on days where the forecast temperature reaches 26 degrees the pools will open for the entirety of their listed open hours.

The final change will see the season length at the Pakenham Outdoor Pool extended by a week.

There will be themed parties at the outdoor pools again throughout January and other activities to connect our community. Casual visits, seasonal passes and aquatic memberships are all available to purchase for yourself, your children or the whole family!

For further information visit the Facilities section of this website.

Pakenham Outdoor Pool

Saturday 10 November 2018 – Sunday 24 March 2019

Koo Wee Rup Pool

Saturday 3 November 2018 – Sunday 24 March 2019

Garfield Pool

Saturday 10 November 2018 – Monday 11 March 2019

Emerald Lake Wading Pool

Friday 30 November 2018 – Monday 11 March 2019