BIG4 park pre­pares to make big splash

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Louise Shan­non

THE buzz sur­round­ing the fi­nal stages of BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­day’s new water park is grow­ing.

More than 3000 com­ments of an­tic­i­pa­tion have in­un­dated the hol­i­day park’s Face­book page over the past week.

Park owner Greg McK­in­non, who em­ploys 36 peo­ple and loves cre­at­ing a “wow” fac­tor, said the 13 water slides would add to the two slides and pool area and would be ready to ride in the first week of Au­gust.

“The ex­cite­ment is not only killing the lo­cals, but the staff can’t wait to get into it as well,” Mr McK­in­non said.

“It’s a wa­ter­slide bo­nanza. “It’s some­thing the kids have never seen in this area.”

The new slides, of vary­ing speeds, heights and lengths, will make the fun park’s water zone the largest wa­ter­slide play­ground in an Aus­tralian hol­i­day park.

The over­all area of the park will be equiv­a­lent to an Olympic swim­ming pool and will in­clude mini slides, tip­ping buck­ets, water fea­tures, a splash pool for tod­dlers and a to­tal of 200 me­tres in wa­ter­slides.

Slides will be con­nected by bridges.

The colours of the co­ral in the Great Bar­rier Reef were used as in­spi­ra­tion.

“The kids will never, ever be bored, and if the chil­dren are happy then it’s good for the par­ents too,” Mr McK­in­non said.

“And you’ve got the beau­ti­ful Whitsundays as a back­drop.”

Mr McK­in­non said the new slides were part of a $2.5 mil­lion post-Cy­clone Deb­bie project that also in­cluded gen­eral up­grades and new cab­ins.

He said he aimed to em­ploy ad­di­tional lo­cal youth dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son and wanted to en­sure his busi­ness con­tin­ued to con­trib­ute to the lo­cal econ­omy.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG FUN: BIG4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­day's new 'mega' water park.

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