Wanneroo Council approves plans for prehistoric water playground at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex

An artist's impression of the Kingsway water playground.
An artist's impression of the Kingsway water playground.

A PREHISTORIC water playground concept plan for Madeley received Wanneroo Council endorsement on Tuesday night.

The majority of councillors endorsed the $500,000 proposal for an aquatic play space near Dinosaur Park at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex at their October 16 meeting.

The dinosaur-themed splash pad concept will be similar to the zero-depth facility at Wanneroo Aquamotion.

The City had allocated $100,000 for the design phase last financial year, with another $400,000 required to build it between February and June next year.

“The splash pad will feature a range of sprays and jets, each of which will create different water movements such as flowing, misting and jetting, to delight our young residents,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

“Council carefully considered concepts to ensure the new splash pad will not only be safe for all ages, but also water wise, using as little water as possible by utilising a water recirculation system.”

Two underground tanks and an equipment room feature as part of the concept and will serve to collect, treat and pump water through the play space.

Cr Brett Treby said it would be an “exciting addition to the Kingsway family zone” and had taken four years of work so far.

Voting against the recommendation, Cr Hugh Nguyen said the concept plan was “considerably different” to those circulated before the 2017 local government elections.

He said it was a “basic design” so he was concerned about the value the community would get for the amount being spent.

The council report said ongoing operational costs would be about $95,625 a year and the splash pad would close for four months over winter.