Esplanade Lagoon to close for maintenance

Published: 13 Jul 2018

Cairns' famous Esplanade Lagoon will undergo its biennial maintenance program from Monday 16 July to ensure the city’s most iconic feature remains in top condition.

The lagoon will be closed for three weeks to carry out repairs and upgrades to the pool and amenities.

“The pool and its surrounds need major maintenance every two years to keep it looking and operating at its best,” Deputy Mayor Terry James said.

“Unfortunately, some works can’t be done while there is water in the pool, which means a full closure is needed. Without this maintenance, our lagoon wouldn’t be the star attraction that it is.”

The lagoon will be closed from 9pm on Sunday 15 July, reopening at 6am on Monday 6 August.

“These dates were chosen because it falls outside of the school holidays and major events, and at a time of year when the lagoon receives its lowest use,” Cr James said.

“We’re also more likely to have dry weather at this time of year, which means we can get the work done quickly.”

The maintenance program includes:

  • Detailed survey of render faults and required rectification
  • Repairs to subsidence-related concrete damage
  • Sand replenishment
  • Amenities building repaint
  • Pipe work/pump repairs and valve overhauls
  • Clean out of balance and backwash tanks
  • Cleaning and polishing of fish structures
  • General signage renewal around lagoon
  • Lagoon timber deck repairs and treating
  • Scheduled repairs to change rooms

Water will be drained from the lagoon overnight on 15 July via a stormwater outlet.

The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon holds 3.85 megalitres of saltwwater, pumped in from the Trinity Inlet.

When in operation, the lagoon’s water is diverted through a filtration system comprising nearly 40 tonnes of sand, as well as a natural chlorination process and chemical sanitation, every four hours.

The amenities building will also receive an upgrade and will be closed for the same period as the lagoon. Alternative public toilets are located in Fogarty Park.

Other Cairns Esplanade attractions, such as Muddy’s Playground, will not be affected by the closure. Active Living classes using the pool will be suspended but other classes will proceed as per program. Classes that normally use the lagoon deck will be relocated to a nearby area.

The nearest Council-operated public pool is the Tobruk Memorial Pool at North Cairns, which features a toddler splash play area and FlowRider artificial wave system. Other public pools are at Woree, Smithfield and Gordonvale. See Council’s website for opening hours and further information.

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Last updated: 22 July 2018