The opening of the Splash Aqua Park and Leisure Facility in October was a landmark event for the area.
The complex includes a 50 metre pool, two waterslides named Turbo Twist and The Viper, children’s play and learn-to-swim areas, a 24/7 gym, crèche facilities and activities rooms.
The café is run in conjunction with Kangan Institute and provides a real life work environment for hospitality students.
The modern design makes it easy, accessible, and safe for users.
And locals have indeed been using it. In its first week of operation more than 15,000 people went through the doors!
At $32.5 million, it’s the largest community infrastructure project undertaken by the Hume City Council… and was jointly funded by the council, Victorian and Federal governments, Stockland and Lend Lease.
During construction it created 150 local jobs, and now it’s open it has created 140 ongoing jobs for locals.
The Department of Health and Human Services worked closely with Hume City Council on all design aspects of the facility to ensure it was modern, accessible and safe.
Importantly, the layout makes it easier for all patrons and staff to monitor the area.
The department also worked closely with Hume to deliver the Healthy Choices program at the cafe - limiting unhealthy foods and providing more healthy food choices.
Splash is part of the broader Craigieburn Park development, which will support this rapidly growing area of Melbourne.
The park will provide a hub for local community groups and organisations, and a sport and active recreation facility for the whole community.