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, 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 centre is expected to reopen in 2023. The centre will remain closed for the duration of the redevelopment.
Kensington Community Recreation Centre’s final day of operation will be on Tuesday 31 August.Final debits will occur on Thursday 26 August. These debits will be pro-rata, meaning you will only be charged for the days the centre is open (six in total).
We’re incredibly excited about the redevelopment and the opportunities the new centre will provide the community once it’s complete. However, 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.
Health and wellness members
As a member, you currently have reciprocal access to other City of Melbourne centres free of charge, 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 KCRC has closed. This means that once your final debit has occurred on Thursday 26 August, you can continue to access City of Melbourne sites for free until Thursday 23 September.
After the three weeks, your membership will resume as usual. If you would like to suspend or cancel your membership, it’s important that you complete our membership opt-out form by Thursday 23 September.
North Melbourne Community Centre + 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.
If you would like to switch to an exclusive North Melbourne Community Centre membership, please contact us on 9376 1633.
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.
Suspending or cancelling your membership
If you have found an alternative option and would like to suspend or cancel your membership, it’s important that you complete our membership opt-out form by Thursday 23 September.
Community user groups
We know how important regular sessions are for our community user groups, which is why we’re committed to ensuring you can still participate in the same way, making the location change the only change to your regular routine as much as we possibly can.
We are reaching out to community groups individually over the coming weeks to help users find suitable alternative solutions.
The last day of Swimming Lessons will be on Sunday 29 August, with the last debit occurring on Thursday 26 August. This debit will be pro-rata, which means you will only pay if you have a lesson occurring between Thursday 26 August – Sunday 29 August.
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.