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John Houston Memorial Swimming Pool

Hay is fortunate to have a free pool complex located in Lachlan Street at the John Houston Memorial Olympic Pool, and has three pools for all ages; 

Large Olympic 50 metre pool

Medium size pool

Baby wading pool

Officially opened in 1967, after ten years of fund raising and work towards its establishment. Named after John Houston, the President of the Hay Swimming Pool Committee for the whole 11 years the Committee existed.

In 2022-2023 the original entrance, Men's and Women's toilet blocks were demolished. A new entrance, staff facilities, swimming club rooms, and modern patrons amenities including change rooms and showers were built.  

It is now run by the Hay Shire Council, with FREE ENTRY. There are three pools in total: an Olympic size swimming pool, a "medium" pool, and the toddler’s pool, which is completely under cover.

The pool complex hosts the local school swimming carnivals as well as district carnivals. Private swimming lessons by accredited teachers are also conducted at the pool as well as lessons under the Austswim program. The Hay Amateur Swimming Club also operate out of the Pool complex, with their own meeting room.

The grounds include large lawn areas, both in and outside the pool complex, children’s play equipment, a number of shade structures, and free barbeque  upon request to the pool supervisor.

The pool is open from November through to April, please find the hours below:

Opening Hours
Tuesdays - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Weekdays - 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Weekends - 12pm to 7:00pm

Early Morning Swimming
Monday to Fridays 6:00am to 8:00am

Splash Park
8.00am - 8.00pm everyday

School Holidays 
Tuesdays - 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Weekdays - 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Weekends - 12pm to 7:00pm

Birthday Parties, Group Bookings,  Private Swimming Lessons

If you wish to hold a birthday party or group booking at the swimming pool, please book in with the Pool Management, stating the estimated number of children and how many adults will be supervising.

All bookings and enquires should be made to the Pool management;
LSA Group, Stan Wall
Phone: 0409 771 227 

Council would like to remind all pool users that applications to use the pool for parties, group bookings and swimming instructors must be made minimum 7 days prior to hire. This is to ensure that the application is approved prior to date of hire and includes adequate supervisors, certificates, insurance and requirements are met.