Slippery slope to renewed fun
REMEMBER those summer days during your childhood when you would run around dripping wet in your cossies with your only care in the world beating your mates to the top of the waterslide?
You would throw a flimsy mat to the ground, cross your legs and arms and push yourself down into a dark tunnel to spin around and around, giggling hysterically.
You would inevitably come spluttering and splashing up from the chilly water at the end before climbing back out of the small pool to do it all over again.
They're memories that capture the Aussie school holiday experience many of us will never forget.
Soon the Fraser Coast will have that experience again. Golf 'n' Games Waterslide at Cypress Street, Torquay, is about to be reborn.
Ambitious couple Ashley Towle, 23, and Brent Bakes, 37, are excited about taking on the job of putting life back into the fun park.
Within less than a week the pair has trimmed trees, cut grass and built new stairs to the top of the spiral slide. They are also dreaming up plans of reopening the old kiosk to serve goodies such as ice creams, pies and pizzas.
They have a huge task ahead but they're up for the challenge.
“We've been looking at it for the past six months and we've just decided to take the risk and see how it goes,” Ms Towle said.
Golf 'n' Games closed at the beginning of 2007 and soon became derelict with an overgrown lawn, blackened slide, faded signs and a pool spoiled by graffiti.
But Ms Towle insists it is not that bad. She says the slide is in good nick and just needs a scrub and new paint job; the golf course simply needs to be mowed around and touched up.
She hopes to one day host kids birthday parties and says she has already had plenty of teenagers sticky-beaking through the fences.
“All the kids are excited. They walk past and it's like 'aw are you opening?' and it's like 'yeah, yeah'.
“I've been having people asking me for jobs already so it's a good start.”
The couple also aims to have pool tables and ping pong but will start with the waterslide and mini-golf.
The two have been in Hervey Bay nearly a year after moving from New South Wales. They have leased the property from George Vagias, who bought the block through Aqua Marine Realty for $583,000 in August.
Ms Towle and Mr Bakes have no experience in water or games parks but Ms Towle has been working in the hospitality and tourism industry for the past seven years.
Mr Bakes is a carpenter and has also spent years in the dairy farming industry. He wanted a new start after becoming fed up with commuting to Bundaberg for work.
The pair hopes to have the park open within a month.