Connor Hardwick, 10, shows her style on the putt-putt course.
Connor Hardwick, 10, shows her style on the putt-putt course.

New park to make a splash

GET READY for some good old fashioned family fun with Golf ‘n’ Games Waterslide at Torquay opening just in time for the summer school holidays.

It has been almost three years since Fraser Coast children hurled themselves down the spiral slide at the Cypress Street attraction or had a game of putt-putt golf there.

But as of Saturday fond memories at the site can be relived and new ones can be made.

Hervey Bay couple Ashley Towle and Brent Bakes have spent the past two months putting life back into the fun park; mowing a tangled lawn, scrubbing a blackened slide, repainting faded signs and cleaning the pool of graffiti.

Yesterday Ms Towle said they were excited to finally be opening: “It’s fantastic; I can’t wait.”

To start, fun-park-goers will be able to enjoy the waterslide and an 18-hole putt-putt golf course. The kiosk will also be selling treats such as ice creams and pies, while there will be barbecues and picnic tables for those families who want to take their own packed lunch.

“It can be expensive when you go out and we just want to keep the price low for families,” Ms Towle said.

“I’m really family oriented and I love kids, and Brent’s really great with kids too,” she added.

To come at a later stage will be a pool table and possibly ping-pong for the games room while ongoing modifications will be made to the golf course, creating more obstacles.

Golf ‘n’ Games Waterslide will be open from 9am seven days a week. The closing time will depend on how busy it is. Ms Towle is hoping for 10pm.

The official opening of the park will be on Saturday with a half-day price for the waterslide and a sausage sizzle from noon.

From a shaded table yesterday, mother-of-three Lesley Hardwick watched her children enjoy the waterslide pool as part of a test-run.

She has lived in the Bay for 11 years and thinks it is great to see the park operating again. She plans on spending plenty of time there over summer and said it was good to see another family activity in Hervey Bay.

One-and-a-half hours on the waterslide costs $10 and putt-putt costs $7 for adults and $5 for children under 13. There are also discounts for groups of more than 10.

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