Work to begin on new Splash Palace hydroslides

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Render, photorealistic image, of the proposed new hydroslides for Invercargill's Splash Palace Aquatic Centre. Image: Supplied

WORK is about to get under way on the $2.89 million project to build three new hydroslides at Invercargill’s Splash Palace Aquatic Centre.

Invercargill City Council (ICC) aquatic services manager Peter Thompson said work was expected to start in August with the physical build completed by the end of the year/mid-January.

At present trees were being cut back in preparation for work to start on the development, he said.

“The excitement is starting to build now we are starting to see some activity on the site.”

Located at the east end of the learners’ pool, the structure would stand 11m high and incorporate three slides – a 101m-long raftslide, a 60m-long body-slide suitable for all ages, and a 75m-long pitch-black slide for thrill seekers, all with light effects.

Mr Thompson said the existing 40-year-old hydroslide at the deep end of the main pool would be decommissioned once the new hydroslides were operational.

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