Hun­dreds have a go at the Ride & Slide

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Whit­sun­days’ new­est at­trac­tion proved a crowd­pleaser over the week­end, with “a cou­ple of hun­dred peo­ple” hav­ing al­ready braved the bounce.

Air­lie Ride & Slide op­er­a­tor Lach­lan Queenan said the first few days of his aqua park had been an ed­u­ca­tion if noth­ing else.

“I’ve been tested, the prod­uct’s been tested and we’ve given it a good run through,” he said.

The park of­fi­cially opened on Satur­day morn­ing, with Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney cut­ting the rib­bon to mark the oc­ca­sion.

From its first few days, glow­ing re­views have ap­peared on the Air­lie Ride & Slide Face­book page, with many more cus­tomers telling Mr Queenan in per­son how im­pressed they were.

“The sup­port from the lo­cals has been fan­tas­tic,” Mr Queenan said.

“I’ve had re­peat busi­ness al­ready (and) the peo­ple that have lived in Air­lie Beach for a long time have said it’s one of the best things to come to town.”

Mr Queenan said he prided him­self on the park be­ing both fun and safe with “no in­juries or in­ci­dents” so far.

“We’ve got the right recipe to run a good, safe op­er­a­tion,” he said. “We’re tak­ing it slow but get­ting it right.”

There will be plenty more op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cals to “have a go”, with Mr Queenan al­ready tak­ing bookings for birth­day par­ties and even boot camps with the lo­cal gyms.

“It’s all so ex­cit­ing,” he said. “I’m just a young fella hav­ing a go.”

There’s no need to wait for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, how­ever. En­try to the park costs $15, with Mr Queenan en­cour­ag­ing lo­cals to “rock on down” or in­quire on 0432 248 900.

GRAND OPEN­ING: Whit­sun­day Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney of­fi­cially opens Air­lie Ride & Slide Aqua Park, while Eu­gene Vi­tanov, Jaime Weggeneg­ger, Taz and Jet Til­brook, Liz and Lach­lan Queenan, Martin Patcek, Philline Toet and Holly Brown watch on.

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