New park makes a big splash
By MARY MANN
ROSEMARY Price is getting ready to make a splash at Alstonville's new water park.
The $110,000 park at the House With No Steps includes sprinklers and a variety of water toys and activities for children.
Entry to the fully-fenced park is free, and it will be officially opened next weekend.
It is hoped Prime Possum will be a special guest at the opening, and show bags and a sausage sizzle will be available.
There will also be Bring Along Your Favourite Teddy prizes.
Ms Price, marketing and promotions manager for the House With No Steps, said she was excited because her dream had become a reality.
"It has been my dream because it will be a great thing for Alstonville, and will be a good alternative to the beach for families," she said.
"The water park will also create job opportunities, and children's parties will be encouraged.
"It has been installed to promote good old-fashioned family fun."
The House With No Steps is a not-for-profit group that provides work and training for people with disabilities. Another project on the way is a vintage car and cinema history museum.
It is being developed as a fully interactive step back in time.
A $100,000 grant from the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources has been secured for the museum, which the House With No Steps will match, but another $800,000 is needed.
The House With No Steps is seeking support from local businesses.
The vintage car and cinema history museum is expected to create 20 jobs, with a further 10 to service the restaurant.
The official opening of the water park will be held from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. For more information, call the House With No Steps on 6628 0610.