Councillors confident Maryborough’s SplashSide will back in action by summer

FRASER Coast councillors are confident urgent repairs to the new water playground at ANZAC Park in Maryborough will be completed before the summer season is in full swing.

Urgent repair works are being carried out at SplashSide in Maryborough. Councillors are hopeful the new facility will reopen in time for the busy summer season. PHOTO: Supplied.

Division 4 Councillor Daniel Sanderson said it was unfortunate that some teething issues were picked up after the facility opened to the public in June.

“Getting the work done now should mean SplashSide is all ready to go for summer when it will be in much higher use,” Cr Sanderson said.

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New anti-slip and anti-graffiti coatings are being applied throughout the water park, which will be out of action for up to five weeks.

“SplashSide is a fabulous facility for families that includes a range of interactive water features, all-inclusive play equipment as well as shelters, barbecues and new toilets,” Cr Sanderson said.

“While we’ve received a lot of positive feedback about SplashSide, we’ve also had concerns raised about the slippery surface, which is why we commissioned an independent company to do slip tests.

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“This testing found that some areas of SplashSide were more slip resistant than others, which means that new layers of grit and anti-graffiti coating need to be applied, with curing time needed after application.”

Cr Sanderson said the repair works were all about ensuring the best and safest facility was provided for the community.

“We thank everyone for their patience while this work is underway.”

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Meanwhile, Division 3 Councillor Paul Truscott said SplashSide would reopen seven days a week once the repair works were completed.

Teams will then schedule regular routine maintenance and cleaning every Thursday until 1pm.

“Council is keen to ensure we have a healthy and active community here on the Fraser Coast and facilities like SplashSide help us to achieve that outcome,” Cr Truscott said.

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“It’s been wonderful to see the smiles on the faces of families enjoying SplashSide and I look forward to the facility reopening by Saturday 25 September 2021 after these minor works are completed.”

The SplashSide Water Play and All Abilities Playground is a joint initiative of Fraser Coast Regional Council and the Queensland Government, which provided $3-million through the COVID Works for Queensland program.

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The taps at SplashSide were turned off on Friday, 20 August.

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