Cottesloe eyes ocean pool as tourist drawcard
AN ocean pool south of Cottesloe groyne could soon be a reality, with the local council set to approve a feasibility study into the multimillion-dollar project.
It comes after public consultation and community surveys found big support for the option to build a 50m, eight-lane saltwater pool and an adjoining children’s pool abutting the southern side of the rock groyne at the popular beach.
Council officers have recommended a detailed feasibility study now go ahead, and it is expected to be endorsed when councillors meet to discuss the issue this week.
The proposed ocean pool also includes a widened area for “adult recreational and therapeutic swimming with possible infinity edge”, a big 21m children’s pool, tiered seating, kiosk, lockers, toilets and disabled access.
The WA firm behind the design, Saleeba Adams Architects, says a Cottesloe ocean pool would be an “iconic” attraction, rivalling the famous Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach in Sydney.
Public consultation canvassed residents on three options including an ocean pool on the south side of Cottesloe groyne, a similar facility on the northern side of the groyne, and a land-based pool near the corner of Eric Street and Marine Parade further north.
A total of 1249 submissions were received with a big majority in favour of the pool, with most respondents wanting it on the south side of the groyne.
The feasibility study will put a price tag on the project as well as offer a more detailed architectural concept plan, a coastal engineering study, geotechnical study, environmental study and more community consultation.
Cottesloe mayor Phil Angers said the move had been prompted by consistent calls from beach users keen to see a safe swimming option amid the increased incidence of shark attacks.
Mr Angers said a spin-off benefit of an ocean pool would be its value as a tourist drawcard.