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Splashez Gearing Up For a Busy 2019

The Splashez Aquatic Centre is gearing up for a very busy 2019, with recent visitor numbers indicating the recently reopened facility will experience a bumper year.

In the month following the recently renovated centre’s “soft” reopening on October 31, 2018, almost 9000 people walked through its gates. Last week alone, 1700 visited Splashez to enjoy its amenities, including a 50m swimming pool, kids’ wading pool and rapid-river ride, and barbecue facilities.

The facility will enjoy an official reopening with Australia Day activities on January 26, 2019.

Soon a new kiosk will be up and running, and there is also a new ablution block for visitors. The old entrance has been closed off, and a new entrance, accessible from the side street between Splashez and the Skate Park, is now being used.

Splashez has recorded consistently strong visitor numbers every week, with everyone from community groups and schools to individual swimmers enjoying what it has to offer.

Splashez Manager Matt Kelly said the activities undertaken at the centre by external groups included learn-to-swim classes, aqua aerobics, and adult and junior squads. Splashez is also used for school swimming carnivals and birthday parties, and by the Isa RATS (Running and Triathlon club).

Mr Kelly said he expected these activities and visitor numbers to continue throughout 2019.

He said the barbecues there in particular had been very popular.

“Normally at this time of year it’s pretty quiet, because people are away, but the numbers have been up lately – and hopefully it will just keep getting better,” Mr Kelly said.

“We’ve got all the lap swimmers who are there every morning and afternoon.

“We’re just hoping that people will keep coming and using the facility.”

Splashez is open every day during the Christmas break.

On Christmas Day it will be open from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. On Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, it will be open from 10.30am to 5.30pm. On all other days, the normal opening hours of 5.30am to 7pm will be in place.

Splashez is on Isa Street. For more information call 4743 2137.