A LAKE Macquarie lagoon beloved by generations of swimmers will be easier to reach this summer following work that begins this week, the local council says.
Grannies’ Pool near Blacksmiths Point, popular for its tranquility and views of the lake entrance, will gain a 350-metre shared pathway starting in its car park and continuing along the Swansea channel breakwall at Blacksmiths beach.
It will also gain a concrete viewing area, Lake Macquarie council’s acting community planning manager Andrew Bryant said, and a 50-metre section of path made from highly-durable reprocessed plastic waste.
Council workers will also seal the gravel road leading down to the pool.
“Grannies’ Pool is well-used and loved by generations and this is about making certain it’s accessible not just for recreation, but also for viewing by people with mobility issues,” Mr Bryant said.
“The new path is comprised of a mix of concrete and recycled plastics which provides a sturdy and long-lasting asset.”
In recent years the pool has been accessible only by dilapidated wooden steps, and it has been cut off entirely to wheelchair users.
The upgrades to Grannies’ Pool, so named for its historical popularity with parents and grandparents teaching small children to swim, are scheduled to take two months.
The lagoon will be more accessible but the work won’t satisfy recent calls from some locals and politicians to clear sand from the pool and restore it to its former depth.
Swansea Channel has been in a state of flux since rock breakwaters were built to open it up to the sea in the 1880s.
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