Lifesaver Sam Kane. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

As the sun starts to shine for summer, Golden Square Pool is opening its gates this weekend for its sixth season as a community-run facility.

The pool, which in February was given a two-year lease extension, will this season bring new opening hours and water aerobics classes to the pool deck, as well as host VicSwim lessons and see the introduction of a junior volunteer team. President Sam Kane said volunteers were looking forward to continuing to provide for Golden Square and Bendigo residents.

“We have spent winter fundraising and responding to suggestions from our patrons on how they would like their pool to be for summer,” he said.

“Our core beliefs are to create an environment where people feel like they belong, and to provide a place where people can be involved in their local community.”

As part of council’s resolution to keep the pool open for an additional two years, patronage will be monitored alongside the opening of the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre, while the development of Golden Square Recreation Reserve Master Plans will occur.

A further decision on the pool’s future will be then made in 2020.

Mr Kane said the community group was not against the new Kangaroo Flat facility, but supported all opportunities for health, wellbeing and active living in the Bendigo community.

He believed residents would continue to support the community-run pool.

Saturday’s opening kicks off at 3pm, with memberships and season passes available to buy.