The search is underway for a company to design and construct a splash park at the Deniliquin Swim Centre grounds in Poictiers St.
The facility will be funded using a portion of the $880,000 allocated to the centre’s revitalisation in the Stronger Communities Major Projects Program announced in July last year.
Edward River Council general manager Adam McSwain said council has no pre-conceived ideas of how the splash park will look, but will encourage the successful tenderer to consider the broad needs of the community.
‘‘At the moment we’re just happy to have a look and see what comes back (from tender applicants),’’ Mr McSwain said.
‘‘We anticipate it will include a variety of equipment that provides for a wide age range. The tender is to design and construct the splash park, within a set budget.’’
Mr McSwain said it was hoped the splash park could be ready in time for pool season later this year, provided all processes go to plan between now and then.
Two sites within the pool grounds are being considered for the development.
One suggestion is to have the splash park directly inside the main entrance off Poictiers St, on the grassed area between the small and medium pools.
Another area which would offer slightly more space is the grassed area between the main pool and the Macauley St boundary fence.
The remainder of the Deniliquin Swim Centre revitalisation funding is intended to fund three other projects at the facility, including re-lining the main pool, adding a wet deck and converting the medium pool to be solar heated.
Mr McSwain said these projects would be progressed over the winter months.
‘‘We have some aquatic consultants visiting in the next few weeks to do a detailed report on the pool. Following completion of this report, we will then know the exact steps required for the other items.’’