The new Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex was thoroughly enjoyed on Saturday when the facility was thrown open to the public.
The special day included dance, a jumping castle, face painting, giveaways, activities and food served from the brand-new kiosk.
The official highlights included the sought-after chance to make history by being the first to swim in the new 50-metre outdoor pool.
That honour went to Ruth Pope, Savannah Lyons, Tim Walsh, Lauren Robertson, Angus Hobson, Marie Hobson, John Hickey and Barbara Williams, who were among the 50 nominations by community members.
Gunnedah shire mayor Jamie Chaffey said he was “very honoured and privileged to have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to welcome Gunnedah shire residents to their upgraded memorial pool complex”.
“The project has been one of the largest completed in Gunnedah shire history, and will service the community as a state-of-the art facility for many years.”
James Hogbin offered a welcome to country, which was followed by an Indigenous dance.
Cr Chaffey conducted the official opening before handing the mic to councillor Murray O’Keefe, who emceed.
After the first lap in 50m pool, there were races for under-11s, under-14s and opens, before the public was invited to jump in.
Cr Chaffey said it was rewarding to see the project come to fruition.
“It is an impressive feat to create something like the Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex,” Cr Chaffey said.
“Congratulations to everyone that worked on the design and construction, and thank you to the community for your support.”