A COOL POOL: The new 3D designs of the wet playground at the Second World War Memorial Pool redevelopment show a range of facilities for parents and children.
A COOL POOL: The new 3D designs of the wet playground at the Second World War Memorial Pool redevelopment show a range of facilities for parents and children. Contributed

New pool set to make a big splash

WHEN Rockhampton council first began organising contractors for the Second World War Memorial Pool redevelopment, plans looked very different to the ones unveiled yesterday.

But after finding extra money in the revised budget the new wet playground at the pool has doubled in size, with Mayor Margaret Strelow saying the design would be an important asset for families.

New 3D images of the design include water buckets, a play fort, slides, a water cannon, and a zero-depth area for babies.

The original plans for a kiosk have also been replaced with a cafe.

Construction of the $17.6 million development of the pool is expected to finish around November.

When council first began planning the wet playground area had a $600,000 budget, with de-amalgamation putting uncertainty around their financial position.

Around December they decided to double the size of the project, bringing the cost of that stage to $1.3 million.

"It gives off that great atmosphere and vibrancy that we are looking for and I know that it will be a great family venue," Cr Strelow said.

After welcoming the first swimmers into the new 25-metre pool on Saturday, Rockhampton hosted the Australian Masters Swimming Championships yesterday.



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