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Splash, Craigieburn Opens to the Public

The Peddle Thorp-designed Splash Aqua Park and Leisure Centre in Craigieburn officially opened today.
This regional aquatic centre has broken new ground in design with its iconic roof profile. The distinctive design can be seen from every angle, as there is no back to the complex.
The Council stated it was “surreal” to see it’s vision for the site come to fruition and it was a remarkable achievement. Design director Peter Brook said designing such a complex was always a challenge.
“We have helped to build an asset for the entire community,” Mr Brook said. “It will be an important part of people’s lives and every aspect requires special design care and tremendous attention to detail.
“Peddle Thorp has designed a complex that will serve the growing Craigieburn community for generations to come. We are immensely proud of this work.”

The $48.5 million complex now hosts a range of programs and activities and cater for people of all ages and abilities, including

  • A 50-metre pool;
  • Toddler and learn to swim pools;
  • Leisure and warm-water pools;
  • Program pool, spa, sauna and steam room;
  • Waterslides;
  • Gymnasium and group fitness rooms; and
  • Cafes and reception areas.

The building is now part of an extensive 12-hectare park that will include a regional athletics track; a war memorial; event space and passive park areas; pathways and playspaces and accessible playground; along with car parking and landscaping.
There are also two water slides 14 metres off the ground – the turbo twist which carries up to two people in a raft over 130 metres, and the viper which is a single-person body slide. 

The eagerly awaited centre, expected to attract 600,000 visitors a year, has already witnessed a surge in interest months before opening. There has been “unprecedented” demand for Splash Foundation Memberships and swim lessons.

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