Wynnum Manly District

Wynnum Wading Pool

Locals are very proud of the Wynnum Wading Pool which is located on the Wynnum foreshore.

The pool was built during the Depression in 1932, at a spot where there was a small indentation known as the saltpan.  This tidal pool can retain the seawater by closing valves along the sea wall and is affectionately known as “the Wading Pool”.

The pool is around 128 m by 54 m and has a sandy bottom, five shallow steps on three sides, a concrete ramp and a slippery slide.  Hundreds of people attended the official opening on 21 January 1933 and witnessed the sailing event of 10 footers arranged for the occasion.  Here are some historic photo’s of the Wading Pool and it’s surrounds.

On 13 July 2008, the wading pool was re-opened by the Brisbane Lord Mayor (at the time) Campbell Newman after a A$6.5 million upgrade.

The Wading Pool has always been a major draw card to the area and is just as popular today as ever.  The surrounding parklands which have been extensively planted with trees, the picnic areas, and being adjacent to a water play area and a number of restaurants and cafes, make this a great place to take the children.  Children can ride their bikes or scooters, play in the sand on Pandanus Beach, or walk the path that travels along the edge of the water.  This area is packed with people on weekends, making this a very lively part of Wynnum Manly’s heritage.

The bird life is always present – with plenty of pelicans or seagulls to be seen.  Here a seagull does some people watching and most likely is hoping for some food crumbs to become available!

The large sandstone monument containing three drinking fountains is a memorial to W.H. Barnes, M.L.A, a former State Treasurer who represented the Bulimba and Wynnum electorates from 1901 until 1933.  The pool is still regularly maintained and proves popular with families all over Brisbane.

On Wednesday mornings the Wading Pool comes alive with model boat sailing enthusiasts.

Note:  Current day photo’s were taken by myself, except for the photo directly above with the model boat.  Photo’s other than my own were obtained through Wikipedia and an on-line Wynnum Herald article.

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    • Thank you so much! I had a great subject – The Wading Pool and its surrounds are looking gorgeous since the upgrade and I find the historical photo’s facsinating to look at.

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