Zali makes a splash on her 4th birth­day

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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.

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