Cockburn ARC water slide closed

The Tumbler has closed due to poor air quality.
The Tumbler has closed due to poor air quality.

LESS than 12 months after opening, one of the Cockburn ARC’s most popular waterslides the Tumbler has been temporarily closed while the City of Cockburn liaises with relevant parties to begin work to improve ventilation on the ride.

The ride was closed following complaints of poor air quality inside the bowl due to the effect of increased ambient temperatures on chlorinated pool water.

Cockburn ARC manager Brett McEwin said work would include external modifications to the slide to improve air quality, safety and comfort, plus rider experience when entering the slide’s bowl.

“Following extensive consultation with the design team, the City will coordinate removal of the lid enclosing the bowl to allow for improved natural airflow,” he said.

“This will take place in the next few weeks.

“Issues with ventilation in the Tumbler became apparent in late December as a direct result of increased ambient temperatures associated with the hotter summer months.

“The decision to close the slide temporarily while we modify the bowl has been made in the interests of safety for the general public using the slide.

“We aim to reopen the slide as soon as possible because it is one of our patrons’ most loved experiences at the ARC.”

Mr McEwin said the Tumbler slide was popular throughout the world and in other nations that experienced extreme heat conditions, the ride had an open top design.

“We believe having the open air experience will add an exciting element to the ride,” he said.

“We’ll keep our patrons informed about the progress of these works and when the Tumbler will reopen.”

Since opening eight months ago, aquatic entrances have exceeded 449,000 and more than 80,000 patrons have visited the pools during the summer school holidays.

The pools’ biggest day so far was 9 January when 3,513 people came through the turnstiles.