Sixty Years

Established in 1962, we were purpose-built as the major aquatic venue for the VIIth British Empire and Commonwealth Games. Three days after the Games wrapped up, "Beatty Park Pool" opened to the public... and the rest is history!

We even moonlighted as Perth's go-to concert venue in the late 60s and 70s, hosting the likes of Santana, Deep Purple, The Bee Gees and more.

In 1994, Beatty Park officially became a leisure centre, adding a gym and group fitness into the mix.

Today, we're one of Perth's largest leisure centres, celebrating 60 years of swimming and staying active.

Watch this short film to relive our rich history and see why we're "still the real deal" today.

Sixty Years Video Series

Beatty Park holds precious memories for generations of Perth people.

We spoke to 12 people about their connection with Beatty Park and the memories they cherish the most. 

Centre Manager Dale has been part of the family for 30 of our 60 years. Starting as a lifeguard in 1992, he's still running round Beatty Park today.

Back in 1962, Peter and his buddies broke into Beatty Park for a cheeky swim — a day before it officially opened for the Commonwealth Games.

Larry Wale first came to Beatty Park as a child, when his mother worked at the old outdoor kiosk. But his fondest memories are of seeing his favourite musicians here, including Deep Purple, Free and Suzi Quatro.

Matt Tinney isn't just a familiar face on Channel 7; he's also one of the family at Beatty Park.

Elite swimmer Andy Donaldson first came to Beatty Park on the day he immigrated to Australia in 2013 — and he's been training here ever since.

Sarah started swimming at Beatty Park as a toddler in 2005. 17 years later she's come full circle and is now a swimming instructor here, teaching toddlers and people with disabilities how to swim, too.

Jeff has seen a lot during his time working at Beatty Park. He recalls the once iconic diving boards, which were one of the main attractions back in the day.

Sandy is a group fitness fanatic who does 14 classes each week. A social butterfly, she's made lifelong friends during her 22 year membership at Beatty Park.

Local artist Olive Cheng might be our biggest fan. Her fascination with Beatty Park has inspired countless Instagram photos and even a pyrography art series.

Bob worked as a pool attendant here back in the 60s. These days, he's here for fun and fitness, training every Thursday in Winter with the Beatty Park Bears.

A brief overview of Beatty Park's 60 year history, as told by Susanna Iuliano, the Senior Librarian at the City of Vincent Local History Centre.

Mayor Emma Cole talks about the history of Beatty Park and its significance not just within the City of Vincent, but the broader Perth community.