Coogee resident supplies photo of the Cable Water Ski Park

The Cable Water Ski Park in Spearwood in the mid-1980s.
The Cable Water Ski Park in Spearwood in the mid-1980s.

COOGEE resident George Peach wanted to add this image to those used in the Gazette's October 21 story about the City of Cockburn's 35th birthday.

It shows the Cable Water Ski Park which was opened on Troode Street, Spearwood, by Mr Peach and his brother in March 1986.

Mr Peach said ‘Cables’ was the first of its kind in the country.

‘We sold our businesses and purchased 22 acres (nearly nine hectares) in Troode Street,’ he said.

‘It took us three years to obtain the necessary approvals; all we had was a super eight movie of the concept which was operating in Germany.’

The pair started construction in September 1985 and opened in March the following year with one ski lake and two swimming pools.

Soon after came an 18-hole mini golf course, while a second ski lake, playgrounds, waterslides and a reverse bungy slingshot ride was added later.

‘We employed many local kids and the parents appreciated that their kids had somewhere to go,’ Mr Peach said.

‘The park was used by so many people from all over the metro area, it was family orientated and was loved by all.

‘At the time there were only a few houses on the eastern side of Rockingham Road, but as the years passed the area grew and we were surrounded by many houses.’

With increasing operational costs convincing the brothers to sell, the park closed in mid-2004

Mr Peach said he wished ‘we would have done it differently’.