The City of Melbourne is investing $10.2 million in this year’s budget towards a $42 million redevelopment of the Kensington Community Recreation Centre.
The redevelopment will bring brand new facilities to the community, including a 25-metre pool, a water play area, health and wellness areas, a new wrap-around café with four multiple access points, three indoor multi-sports courts, program rooms, community spaces and better integration with JJ Holland Park. To stay up-to-date with the latest information regarding the redevelopment, we encourage you to subscribe to Participate Melbourne.
Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2021 and the new centre is expected to reopen in 2023. The scheduled closure date for Kensington Community Recreation Centre was Tuesday 31 August. However, due to an extended lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne, the centre will not be reopening to the public before the redevelopment process begins.
We understand that the centre closure will affect the routines of our members and user groups. We’re committed to ensuring our members and user groups find suitable options that best fits their needs for the duration of the redevelopment.
We’ve outlined various alternative options for members, swimming lessons families and user groups below. If you would like to discuss any of these options, please feel free to call us on 03 9376 1633 during opening hours or email Kensington.email@example.com. Our team will be there to answer your calls and respond to your questions throughout the redevelopment process
Health and wellness members
As a member, you currently have reciprocal access to other City of Melbourne centres, including North Melbourne Recreation Centre, Carlton Baths and Melbourne City Baths. We’re planning to continue our group fitness classes and gym at North Melbourne Community Centre, as well as some group fitness at Kensington Town Hall for the duration of the redevelopment.
As a thank you for your ongoing support throughout this process, we’re providing you with three weeks’ free access to try these facilities as an alternative option once they reopen. We will notify you via email when City of Melbourne facilities reopen and your free trial starts. If you have a credit on your account due to the lockdown closures, this will also be applied to your account. For instance, if you have a credit for two weeks on your account, you will have access to all City of Melbourne facilities for five weeks free of charge.
After your free three-week trial, your membership will resume as usual. If you would like to suspend or cancel your membership and receive a refund for credit on your account, it’s important that you complete the following form by Thursday 23 September. Our team is working as quickly as possible to issue refunds, however due to a high number of enquiries there may be some delay.
North Melbourne Community Centre and Kensington Town Hall
Members also have the option to only attend North Melbourne Community Centre and Kensington Town Hall at a lower cost of $19.40 per fortnight. This option will allow you to access the gym and group fitness classes at North Melbourne Community Centre, as well as group fitness classes at Kensington Town Hall.
Brunswick Baths and RecWest Footscray
We understand that not all our members are located near other City of Melbourne sites, which is why we’ve reached out to other centres for special offers for our members. Brunswick Baths and RecWest Footscray are kindly offering Kensington Community Recreation Centre members a $0 joining fee and two weeks free. We’ve emailed all members the details on how to access this offer.
Ascot Vale Leisure Centre and Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre
Ascot Vale Leisure Centre and Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre are also offering a $0 joining fee for KCRC members. Again, members have received an email on details of how they can access this offer
As the centre is not reopening due to the lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne, Swimming Lessons families may be eligible to receive a refund for credit on their account. To receive a refund, please complete the following form by Thursday 23 September. Our team is working as quickly as possible to issue refunds, however due to a high number of enquiries there may be some delay.
We know how important Swimming Lessons are for children, which is why we encourage families to contact Carlton Baths and North Melbourne Recreation Centre for summer Swimming Lessons. Melbourne City Baths, Brunswick Baths, Ascot Vale Leisure Centre, Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre and Victoria University also offer Swimming Lessons year-round.
Please note that you will need to contact the centre of your choice to enrol your child. We encourage you to get in touch with your preferred centre as soon as possible to secure a spot.
The tennis courts located on Speakman Street in Kensington will be available throughout the redevelopment once restrictions ease. You can book sessions or hire the courts via our website.