This weekend's opening of the new Ashfield Aquatic Centre comes just in time for summer and will provide inner westies with a state-of-the-art, world-class swimming facility. Swimming pools are vital community assets that improve both our physical health and mental wellbeing.

The former Ashfield Pool opened in 1964 and is where generations of local kids learnt to swim. It was the home of the Ashfield Amateur Swimming Club for over 50 years.

In 2019, the Inner West Council committed to upgrading the old 50 metre Ashfield pool into a modern recreational centre. The wait is now over, with doors of the new aquatic centre opening this weekend.

The centre's two main facades are adorned with bold, contemporary works by internationally acclaimed local artist Georgia Hill.

Georgia's black and white abstract work titled Ripple Through was inspired by the rich and diverse history of Ashfield.

Congratulations to Inner West Council particularly Councillors Mark Drury and Lucille McKenna, the Ashfield Amateur Swimming Club, and to all Ashfield and inner west residents who can enjoy yet another piece of world-class public infrastructure from Inner West Council.