Zali makes a splash on her 4th birthday
Melbourne’s Cameron family has been holidaying at McLean Beach Holiday Park for a few years, and their friends for a lot longer.
They would normally spend their summers beside the Edward River at McLean Beach, but this year traded in the sand and river for Deniliquin’s newest water attraction.
The new splash park at the Swim Centre was the ideal spot for Zali Cameron to spend her fourth birthday with their friends and family on Friday.
Mum Brooke Cameron said they learned about the newly opened attraction through Visit Deni and McLean Beach Holiday Park.
‘‘We would normally swim at the river, but now this (splash park) is here I think we’ll be at the pool more often,’’ she said.
‘‘We came to the pool for Zali’s birthday last year too and just had some inflatables in the baby pool, but this takes it to a new level.
‘‘We came to Deni on Christmas night and we’ll stay for another two weeks or so.
‘‘There are about 30 or 40 people in our group — some have been coming to Deniliquin since they were children and there are a mix of newcomers too.’’
The Camerons and their group of fellow visitors are among many who have flocked to use the Deniliquin splash park since its opening on November 9.
And with the temperatures soaring over 40°C in the past week, and expected to be near 40°C all this week, it’s no wonder it has been so popular.
Swim Centre manager Katrina Ives said there is no doubt the splash park has increased visitors to the facility, which has been aided by the extended opening hours which started last week.
‘‘Even on the cooler days we’re still getting families that come in just to use the splash park; it’s made all the difference,’’ Ms Ives said.
‘‘And Thursday was so much busier than Friday.
‘‘It was the first night we stayed open until 8.30pm and there were at least 50 people here until then.
‘‘We will stay open until 8.30pm each night if the pool is being used.’’
The splash park features many different water interactions for children including sunflower showers, water guns and its main feature, a dump bucket.
There’s also toddler friendly elements including a leaf race and bucket filler.
The splash park offers sun protection for its users with two shade sails sheltering the equipment.
Water runs through the splash park on a 15 minute cycle, by pushing a start button.
The splash park’s elements were preconstructed off site by Water Features by Design and we installed in early November.
Edward River Council spent $434,500 of $880,000 allocated from its Stronger Communities Fund to the Deniliquin Swim Centre revitalisation project to install the new feature.
It was part of an $8.6 million major projects program, commonly referred to as ‘merger money’.
The remainder of the revitalisation project funding will pay for lining of the main pool and wet deck construction, solar heating of the medium pool and the refurbishment of amenities. They are expected to be completed by June 2019.
There is no additional cost to use the splash park after pool entry is paid. Casual prices and season passes are available.
The Deniliquin Swim Centre in located in Poictiers St in west Deniliquin.
Birthday girl Zali Cameron, 4, and her sister Savannah Cameron, 6, beat the heat at the new Deniliquin splash park.