Splash park appropriate for toddlers, not teens

Since the closure of the Golden Square and Long Gully swimming pools many possibilities have been considered, one being a “splash park” to be built in place of the Long Gully Pool. But that’s not going to be for everyone.

If I’m correct, a splash park is a water area where kids and adults can keep cool in the summer months but with no standing water depth so it eliminates the need for lifeguards. These parks include water spraying up from the ground, playground-like equipment and slides – perfect for a toddler or young child, but what about teenagers?

Teenagers would rather have full-sized swimming pools with deep water, slides and space to just chill out. But, can they do this at a splash park?

How about the council reopens the Golden Square Pool and Long Gully pools, but builds a splash park as well? Then it’s a win-win; something for the kids, something for the teenagers and adults. As a teenager myself, I think I’d rather swim at a fully supervised, full-sized and a safe swimming pool close to my home, not having to travel.

Bendigo is growing, and becoming one of the biggest and busiest cities in Victoria. We need more facilities, not less.


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