Camden Council has officially endorsed the injection of more funds into its water park project.
Construction of the Curry Reserve Water Play facility at Elderslie was originally approved for a cost of about $1 million, but Camden councillors last night agreed to build the park for more than $2.4 million.
The jump in price was required to make the park wholly accessible for the whole community.
Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said she was “really excited” to see construction begin on the project.
“This was a commitment the Liberal team made ahead of the last election,” she said.
“I’m happy to see the funds transferred into this project to make it completely accessible and deliver first-class amenities.
“We need to do a great job and the additions are very much needed.”
Cr Symkowiak said there was “a lot of excitement” from the community about the water park as there was a “huge gap in the market” for facilities such as this.
“This will be a place for younger children, toddlers, people with disabilities and people who are not confident swimmers,” she said.
“Adding heating elements will allow the facility to be open for a further two seasons and allow people to go in anytime.”
The recommended style of water play park includes three play zones for all ages including a toddler zone, 36 play features including a toddler’s ‘discovery stream,’ a capacity for 176 users, shade sails covering two thirds of water play area and zero depth water.
The water play park will be free for residents to use and will also include additional car parking and an upgraded amenities block.
The project will include wheelchair accessible play equipment and change facilities including adult change hoist, waterproof wheelchairs and storage.
Cr Symkowiak said she was looking forward to using the water park with her own young children this coming summer.
Councillor Peter Sidgreaves said he had “no issues with the additional cost” while councillor Paul Farrow said it would be a “major attraction for the youth of Camden”.
The additional funding for the project is being transferred from the Harrington Park Youth Play facility project and from the Capital Works Reserve.