Wollongong's Continental Pool back in the swim

Wollongong Whales president Kevin Anger enjoys a morning swim at the newly reopened Continental Pool. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Wollongong Whales president Kevin Anger enjoys a morning swim at the newly reopened Continental Pool. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Swimmers keen to take advantage of this month's record temperatures were once again able to cool off in Wollongong's Continental Pool, as it partially reopened on Saturday following several weeks of renovations.

Wollongong Whales winter swimming club president Kevin Anger said swimmers were pleased to be back in the pool after shifting their regular sessions to Port Kembla pool while the work was completed.

"The amenities are open and we're back in the smaller pool for the first time today," he said on Sunday.

"The upgrade to the amenities is great, it will stop any roof leaks and I believe the work ... on the retaining walls will add about 20 or 30 more years to the pool."

Work on the new seawall aims to protect the pool from wave damage and provide security.

It will cost $277,470 and means the 50-metre pool will remain closed for 12 more weeks.

Also around the harbour foreshore, the council is updating the fencing at its heritage-listed Battery Park.

Replacing a small bollard and chain fence and upgrading a small area between the fence and battery trench using crushed granite will take about four weeks.

Infrastructure and works director Mike Hyde said the new fencing would improve safety for families using the park.

"These additions will also mean there is less wear and tear on the area near the trench," he said.

Parts of Flagstaff Hill are also undergoing a makeover as part of stage two of the council's Heritage Walk.

The upgrade will include the installation of new kerbing, as well as construction of a footpath, low retaining wall and new stairs.

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