Summer facelift for one of Lake’s hidden gems, Grannies’ Pool SPECIAL PLACE: Grannies’ Pool near Blacksmiths Point will undergo works in the next two months. Picture: Heidi Riseley
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SPECIAL PLACE: Andrew Bryant at Grannies’ Pool near Blacksmiths Point, which will undergo works in the next two months. Picture: Marina Neil

SPECIAL PLACE: Grannies’ Pool near Blacksmiths Point will undergo works in the next two months. Picture: Marina Neil

SPECIAL PLACE: Grannies’ Pool near Blacksmiths Point will undergo works in the next two months. Picture: Marina Neil

Swimmers and beachgoers at Grannies’ Pool in 1962. Picture: Barry Nancarrow

Swimmers and beachgoers at Grannies’ Pool in 1962. Picture: Barry Nancarrow

TweetFacebookA LAKE Macquarie lagoon beloved by generations of swimmerswill be easier to reach this summer followingwork that beginsthis week, the local council says.

Grannies’ Pool near Blacksmiths Point, popular for its tranquilityand views of the lake entrance,will gain a 350-metre shared pathway starting in its car park and continuingalongthe Swansea channel breakwall at Blacksmiths beach.

It will also gain a concrete viewing area, Lake Macquarie council’s acting community planning manager Andrew Bryant said, and a 50-metre section of path made fromhighly-durable reprocessed plastic waste.

Council workers will also seal the gravel road leading down to the pool.

“Grannies’ Pool iswell-used and loved by generationsand this is about making certain it’s accessible not just for recreation, but also for viewing by people with mobility issues,” Mr Bryant said.

“The new path is comprised of a mix of concrete and recycled plasticswhich provides a sturdy and long-lasting asset.”

In recent years the pool has been accessible only bydilapidated wooden steps, and it has been cut off entirelyto wheelchair users.

The upgrades to Grannies’ Pool, so named for its historicalpopularity with parents and grandparents teaching small children to swim,are scheduled to take two months.

The lagoon will be more accessible but the workwon’tsatisfy recentcallsfrom some locals and politicians to clear sand from the pool and restore it to its former depth.

Swansea Channel hasbeen in a state of flux since rockbreakwaters were built to open it upto the seain the 1880s.

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