Plans for Rhyl’s new aquatic centre have been backed by councillors.
Denbighshire County Council say the new attraction, replacing the demolished Sun Centre, will bring an extra 350,000 visitors a year to the town and create sixty new jobs.
It’s hoped the new water park will open by Easter 2019, with plans to be approved by the council’s planning committee. Work could start as early as September this year.
The centre will be built on the site of the skate park and children’s paddling pool near the Sky Tower – with the skate park and pool being relocated elsewhere in the town. The council Among the new facilities planned are an indoor ‘splash adventure’, indoor and outdoor flume rides, an outdoor splash pool and beach changing huts.
Tuesday’s meeting at Ruthin’s County Hall voted in favour of an option which would see swimming facilities at Rhyl Leisure Centre being retained as well.
Councillors also agreed to seek further funding from the Welsh Government – which has already granted £800,000 – and Rhyl Town Council, which is giving a £2 million loan.
Denbighshire council leader Hugh Evans said: ”The waterpark is a flagship project for the Council and the development is an essential element of efforts to increase footfall in the town, create jobs and increase spend in the local economy. This has also been at the forefront of our proposals to redevelop the waterfront and is a major part of our regeneration plans for Rhyl.”
As part of the wider regeneration scheme, work is set to start this week on building a new car park on the eastern side of the Pavilion Theatre as part of its revamp, with alternative parking available on East Parade. Next month will see the start of work on turning the Sky Tower into a light beacon.
The council said it would consult with local young people on designing a new replacement skatepark and would replace the paddling pool with an outdoor splash pad and sun terrace.