Record numbers have visited Golden Square Pool as the community facility reaches the half way point of the two-year lifeline it received from the City of Greater Bendigo last year.
In the summer period for 2018-19, the pool received 18,719 patrons - an increase of 503 on the 2017-18 summer.
Pool committee president Sam Kane said the 55 volunteers and 18 junior volunteers were ecstatic with how the Golden Square community had supported the outdoor facility.
"As a volunteer team, it shows what the power of community can do," he said. "But more so, it shows people want this pool to exist in their suburb and (Golden Square) has a need for an outdoor swimming facility.
"We weren't really sure what to expect this summer with the opening of the Gurri Wanyarra Centre. If the community didn't want us here we would have to accept it but we were rapt with how people got behind us."
Golden Square Pool also had 4th largest outdoor VicSwim program in the state with 190 students.
"What that shows for us is that learning to swim for young children and families still vitally important," Mr Kane said.
"People want to have a place to meet and learn to swim. Golden Square is where I learnt to swim and why I got involved (years later). Seeing it still being done is incredible."
Volunteers and committee members will now look to the future for Golden Square and work with council about what the next 12 months and beyond can hold.
"We have a really strong working relationship with council and what we want to do is collaborate and work with them to see what the best step forward is for the future," Mr Kane said.
"The pool definitely still being used and it shows there is genuine need for such a facility in Golden Square."
Mr Kane said the pool committee had also contributed to conversation about the Golden Square Recreation Reserve Master Plan.
"We are looking forward to working with developing that master plan with the footy, netball, bowls and croquet clubs," he said.
"That plan is still being developed and worked on but are working with groups to see the best way forward.
"We're thankful for the opportunity to have our say and believe we represent a large portion of Golden Square. It is a really positive and exciting process."
The pool has now closed for winter but more work to be done.
"There will be monthly working bees, winter programs and fundraising during the off season to help build the culture in our community," Mr Kane said. "Then we start ramping up preparation in October to open by mind-November."
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