Opened in September 2022 to a huge crowd of appreciative locals, the new splashpark at Greg Cruikshank Aquatic Centre (GCAC) in Moranbah has become one of the towns’ favourite places to cool off.
Featuring a sustainable, integrated toddler pool and splashpad, the new splashpark engaged Atlantis Liquid Dynamics to deliver a tropical oasis in the centre of town for the Moranbah and wider Isaac region communities.
One of the youngest towns in Queensland, Moranbah was established in 1969 for miners and their families, developing its own rich charm and welcoming atmosphere. Summer temperatures are high, making the Isaac region’s biggest aquatic centre a focal point for the residential community and a destination for a variety of sporting, recreation and leisure activities.
Featuring a beach entry, wading pool and interactive water play experiences, the GCAC splashpark has something for everyone, regardless of age or ability.
Ensuring all levels of the space are activated, the splashpad features elevated structural elements and interactive aquatic features at the ground level, along with spaces of quiet for reflection and socialisation.
The bright purple berries on the tipping buckets are a re-imagined representation of the Burdekin Plum (Pleiogynium timorense), a sweet fruit native to the Isaac Region. At 3.9 metres high, the curved stainless-steel posts add a beautiful architectural element to the splashpad and encourage users to engage in play across all levels.
Inset within the wading pool entry, Duel 4 Arches and immersive OhiO Rings add create an immersive water showers that patrons can walk through and enjoy. Integrated ground sprays and squirting Dude elements surround the wading pool and allow children to interact with the water flows and build their water confidence without having to be fully submerged.
An active space has been provided for older users with Blaster cannons – epic water cannons with a user directed spray arc. There are two single Blasters in this space, offering users the ability to move the spray position for maximum competitive soaking!
All water flows have been designed to be gentle enough for toddlers but engaging enough for children up to 8 years old to want to play. Entry to the splashpad and equipment circulation has been designed to allow all-abilities access.
All splashpark features are installed on an embed system and can be removed and/or upgraded for maintenance or serviceability, quickly and easily. Through innovative design, the new splashpark utilises the existing plantroom infrastructure and footprint of the old facility. An additional UV system has been installed for optimum sanitisation in a zero-depth environment, and shelters, tables and seating and extensive plantings have been added for all-day user comfort.
To learn more about the project, head to atlantisliquiddynamics.com.au/projects/gcac-moranbah
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