View of construction at the Southside Pool in Rockhampton from the old 10 metre dive platform. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
View of construction at the Southside Pool in Rockhampton from the old 10 metre dive platform. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill

Aquatic centre to open for Christmas with wet play fort

THE wet play area at Rockhampton's Second World War Memorial Aquatic Centre will have an international component.

A wet play fort built in Canada has been sourced by Liquid Blu, the Brisbane-based company completing the area design.

The fort is expected to arrive in Australia early next month and will be modified to include extra slides, small tipping buckets, water wheels and a number of sprays.

The main frame of the mega bucket, another of the features, has been installed.

Rockhampton Regional Council parks and recreation committee chair woman Cherie Rutherford said it was exciting to see the wet play area "going from an image on a page to a real project".

It was expected to be completed in time for the Christmas holidays.

"The wet play area at Second World War Memorial Aquatic Centre will be 'the' place to be this summer," Cr Rutherford said.

The wet play area was just one part of the $17 million redevelopment.

The learn-to-swim facility had been tiled, the toilet block was finished, the cafe area was nearing completion and the diving tower staircase was under construction off-site.

Cr Rutherford said the name of the aquatic centre reflected the history and nature of the complex.

"We still wanted to recognise the history of the site and building along with how the facility has grown and the name now reflects this," she said.

"The Second World War Memorial Aquatic Centre acknowledges its past, present and future."

THE FEATURES

The $17 million project has been funded by the Rockhampton Regional Council ($5 million), the Federal Government ($5 million) and the State Government ($7 million).

Features include:

50m pool with disabled access

25m pool

Learn-to-swim facility a zero depth/wading pool recreation zone

Wet play area with a mega bucket, smaller bucket features, a wet play fort and water cannons

New entry building and amenities

90-space car park



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