Gladstone kids are glad Splash Zone is back
SPRING has sprung and Cassie and Jasmine Hartley are keen to make a splash.
Lucky for them Splash Zone offers the perfect way to beat the heat - a 500-litre bucket of gloriously wet water.
Cassie, 7, and Jasmine, 9, don't have a pool at home so they can't wait to run around at Splash Zone and test out their new togs.
"I love the bucket. I thought it would be cold under there but it's warm," Cassie said.
Jasmine was a bit scared of the strong tipping of the bucket but she still went under.
Mum Justine Hartley thought it was a great initiative for Gladstone.
"In summer we are always at the beach or at the pool," she said. "We will come here three or four times in summer."
Mrs Hartley, who has persistently been petitioning to secure a pool at Boyne Island, said going to the pool was an active day out for her daughters.
"It's nice to come for a few hours and get out of the house," she said.
Charlotte Luchterhand, 4, was described by her mum as a "water baby", and the Gladstone Aquatic Centre is a perfect place for her to play.
"She's been getting swimming lessons here at the Learn To Swim pool," Sandy Statford said.
"It's (Splash Zone) great. You don't need to go to Wet n Wild. It's brought something else to the town."
Aquatic Centre attendant Tanya Page said the team was ready for a big summer, with 2014 expected to match the peak in 2013 with 400 people in the centre at the one time.
"People have been saying that it's the best water recreational centre in central Queensland so far," she said.
"We just won the Master Builders Capricornia Region award. We compete in the state awards next month."