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Negotiations with waterslide operator for QEII

City Council in negotiations with waterslide operator for QEII

Five waterslides could be operating next year at the QEII aquatic centre in Christchurch following a Christchurch City Council decision to begin lease talks with a local company.

In March the City Council called for proposals from operators, and at their monthly meeting on 20 November, councillors considered a staff report comparing two proposals. They favoured one from QEII Hydroslides Ltd to install a five-slide attraction next year. A Super Bowl ride could be added in three to five years.

Councillor Graham Condon, chair of the Council¡¯s Community and Leisure Committee, says that if the lease talks are successful the slides will be another magnet drawing people to the sport and leisure complex in the city¡¯s north-east.

Early in August last year, the Council opened the Atlantis leisure pool complex at QEII with its 40m wave pool. Between then and the end of June this year about 600,000 tickets were sold to people using the complex. QEII had been home to a set of old waterslides, but they were taken out to make way for the redevelopment.

¡°We always intended that a modern waterslide would return to QEII,¡± Councillor Condon says. ¡°If the talks are successful, this facility will have a set of slides that¡¯s right up with the best in the country. I¡¯m also pleased that the pricing looks to be competitive.¡±

The proposal from QEII Hydroslides includes two narrow, fast-moving tubes, one of which will be darkened to make it feel even faster. Of the three wider slides, one will provide a calmer ride and two will allow people to ride down on blow-up tubes, either singly or in pairs. The five rides will have almost 10m of fall.

¡ñ A child entry to Atlantis at QEII costs $2. Atlantis at QEII is open 6am¨C9pm weekdays and 7am¨C8pm weekends. For more information about QEII and other City Council leisure centres, see www.ccc.govt.nz/leisurecentres on the web.

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