Sydney’s biggest aquatic centre since the 2000 Olympic Games has opened in the inner-city precinct of Green Square.

The state-of-the-art $106.5 million City of Sydney facility features a 50m pool set within recreation areas inspired by Sydney’s ocean pools, a 25m pool with the third largest moveable pool floor in the world, a kids’ water playground, hydrotherapy pool, gym, creche, café and sports field.

Waste, water and energy initiatives plus design features make this the first aquatic centre in Australia to hold a 5-star rating under the Green Building Council of Australia design rating scale.

“We’re thrilled to open the doors to the largest pool complex built in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics, and we invite you to dive right on in,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Our new aquatic centre is not only beautiful and fun, it’s the first in Australia to achieve a five-star sustainability rating. It also features a full array of accessibility features, so it’s a place for everyone to enjoy.

“Our architects and designers were inspired by Sydney’s much-loved ocean pools, setting the large lap pool within larger recreation spaces reminiscent of hanging out at or wading into the beach.

“The jewel of the complex is the 50m outdoor lap pool. Its unusual shape inspired by Sydney’s coastline edge allows swimmers to walk and paddle in or sit for a breather on the shoreline.

“Inside, a stunning timber-supported transparent roof floods the pools with natural light while protecting swimmers from harmful UV rays. The 25m indoor pool has an innovative moveable floor that can be risen or lowered to cater for everything from water polo to children’s swimming classes.

“For children there’s a shallow pool for waterplay with slides, spraying devices and a tipping bucket, while adults can also make use of a hydrotherapy pool, the gym, fitness studios and outdoor yoga deck.

“This is the City’s sixth and largest aquatic centre right in the middle of one of Sydney’s fastest growing precincts. From children splashing and serious swimmers improving their lap times to gym-lovers and sports teams on the field, this terrific centre has something for everyone.”