Developers have released full detailed plans for a £15 million waterpark for Rhyl.
The proposals, released online by Alliance Leisure last week, will go on display at a public consultation today before being sent to Denbighshire County Council for planning permission.
If it’s given the go ahead, construction work for the waterpark will begin next September with the new centre opening early in 2019. It’s hoped the attraction will bring an extra 350,000 vistors a year to Rhyl and create around 60 jobs.
Councillors backed the proposals in January – which also includes retaining swimming facilities locally at the Rhyl Leisure Centre. The new complex, due to be built on the site of the skate park and children’s paddling pool will adjoin the Sky Tower currently being refreshed and will include a 1200m square water space, indoor and outdoor slides, a children’s play area, climbing facilities, an outside splash pool, cafe, terraces and a bar.
Denbighshire County Council will largely fund the project with a £2 million loan agreed from Rhyl Town Council and a £800,000 grant from the Welsh Government – with councillors already seeking further funding from the Senedd.
Council leader Hugh Evans said: ”We are delighted to offer the public a glimpse of how the proposed new waterpark will look. The waterpark is a flagship project for the councils 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. There is a lot of anticipation into how the new waterpark will look and we hope this really gives people a flavour of the ambitious and exciting development that is being proposed.”
Rhyl Town Mayor, Councillor Sarah Roberts, said: ”The waterpark is another step along the road in the generation of Rhyl. This represents a turning point for the town, with the promise of a must-visit tourist attraction, the only one of its kind along the North Wales Coast. Offering something new and exciting for the people of Rhyl, the waterpark will provide employment opportunities and increased town centre footfall together with a much-needed vibrant local facility for use by local people. We’d encourage people to come along, see the plans and discover what the future holds.”
Meanwhile, the council has repeated its pledge to work with young people on designing and creating a new skatepark which will be located elsewhere in the town. The paddling pool will be replaced by an improved outdoor splash pad and sun terrace.
Point FM 103.1 will be hosting the drop-in public consultation on the waterpark proposals at Vue Cinemas in Rhyl on Wednesday 22nd March from 11am-7pm. Officers from Denbighshire County Council and Alliance Leisure will also be on hand to discuss the development. The plans are also available online at www.rhylwaterparkdevelopment.co.uk