New WetSide wades in with vigour
THOUSANDS of visitors passed through the gates of WetSide every week over summer, proving the water education park is a huge success.
Wide Bay Water Corporation figures put between 700 to 1000 people using the park at any one time, with many guests staying up to three hours.
“So over the course of the summer WetSide may well have had more than 100,000 visitors,” WBWC communications manager Christina Maynes said.
Since school went back last month, however, there has been a significant decline in residents and travellers making the most of the tourist attraction.
The drop is a welcome relief for WBWC, which has been given some breathing space to work toward the park’s next stage.
That next stage looks set to be the night-time illuminated fountain show with 310 water jets.
Although no date has been set, Ms Maynes said the music and fountain programmers would be back at work early next month and a start date would be announced soon after.
“I am hoping for Easter holidays,” she said.
“The light spectacular is the next instalment, which is really going to impress spectators.”
Around the same time will be the launch of the water screen to display various images.
Ms Maynes said there had been no problems with vandalism at WetSide, thanks to on-site security guards and 12 CCTV cameras recording around the clock.
“The community is taking real pride in it.”
Despite a couple of minor hiccups with the occasional water spout not working over summer, the fountains are all reportedly functioning well.
Maintenance is ongoing, Ms Maynes says, and “we are constantly looking at ways to improve operations”.
With visitor numbers dropping since the return of school, the pressure has been taken off the car parks which have been problematic.
Another surprise waiting to be unveiled is the large mother whale sculpture, currently being built and to go in the main play area.