Dive into pool's first birthday celebrations

YOU are invited to be part of the Orara Valley Community Pool's first birthday party at Nana Glen tomorrow from 3pm to 6pm.

The pool was opened last November by actor and Nana Glen local Russell Crowe, Olympic medallist Geoff Huegill and Rabbitohs stars Nathan Merritt and Dean Widders.

“The pool was billed as a great community asset when it opened. The anticipation of its success was intense, but its popularity has surpassed all expectations,” Coffs Harbour mayor Cr Keith Rhoades said.

“Clearly the widespread community support the project gained from the very start has continued and grown over its first year of operation.”

The 25-metre, seven-lane pool was built on a site adjacent to Nana Glen Public School, but is available for use by members of the public and school students.

The facility also includes an amenities block, kiosk, shade sails, a landscaped barbecue and picnic area, security fencing, car park and lighting.

The pool was built with the support of Russell Crowe and his family, the three levels of government and around 60 local businesses, families and individuals who contributed funds, building materials and their time and expertise.

Since it opened, the pool has been delivering swimming education programs and has been widely used by the Orara Valley community.

Entry to the birthday party is via a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to Nana Glen Heartstart.

There will be free face painting, a jumping castle and also a free sausage sizzle.

There will also be a wackiest swimsuit competition.

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