Poor air closes slide

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Belinda Cipri­ano

LESS than 12 months af­ter open­ing, one of the Cock­burn ARC’s most pop­u­lar wa­ter­slides – the Tum­bler – has been tem­po­rar­ily closed while the City of Cock­burn li­aises with rel­e­vant par­ties to im­prove ven­ti­la­tion on the ride.

The ride was closed fol­low­ing com­plaints of poor air qual­ity inside the bowl due to the ef­fect of in­creased am­bi­ent tem­per­a­tures on chlo­ri­nated pool wa­ter.

Cock­burn ARC man­ager Brett McEwin said work would in­clude ex­ter­nal mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the slide to im­prove air qual­ity, safety and com­fort, plus rider ex­pe­ri­ence when en­ter­ing the slide’s bowl.

“Fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with the de­sign team, the City will co-or­di­nate re­moval of the lid en­clos­ing the bowl to al­low for im­proved nat­u­ral air­flow,” he said.

“This will take place in the next few weeks.

“Is­sues with ven­ti­la­tion in the Tum­bler be­came ap­par­ent in late De­cem­ber.

“The de­ci­sion to close the slide tem­po­rar­ily while we mod­ify the bowl has been made in the in­ter­ests of safety.

“We aim to re­open the slide as soon as pos­si­ble be­cause it is one of our pa­trons’ most loved ex­pe­ri­ences at the ARC.”

Mr McEwin said the Tum­bler slide was pop­u­lar through­out the world and in other na­tions that ex­pe­ri­enced ex­treme heat con­di­tions, the ride had an open-top de­sign.

“We be­lieve hav­ing the open air ex­pe­ri­ence will add an ex­cit­ing el­e­ment to the ride,” he said.

“We’ll keep our pa­trons in­formed about the progress of these works and when the Tum­bler will re­open.”

The Tum­bler has been closed .

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