Plans to build a new £15 million water park in Rhyl have been approved with the aim of improving the area’s promenade.
The attraction will be open all year round and is estimated to open to the public in 2019. It will replace the area’s Sun Centre, which closed in September last year. It will include a children’s water play frame, slides, lounge areas, splash pads, plus indoor and outdoor flume rides.
Plans for the waterpark were approved by Denbighshire Council this week. The council said the transformation of the site would boost tourism to the area, attracting 350,000 extra visitors each year, adding £1.7 million to the annual Rhyl economy.
Hugh Evans, Denbighshire Council Leader, said:
“Developments and improvements to the promenade aim to not only benefit Rhyl’s economy through increased footfall from visitors, but also let the communities of Denbighshire and wider north Wales region know exactly what the town has to offer.”
The regeneration project will see the removal of Rhyl’s skate park and paddling pool. Dry activities such as climbing facilities, an activity zone and party rooms are included in the plans. There will also be café terraces and a bar.
Head of facilities and assets, Jamie Groves said its location on West Parade will drive people towards the shops and other developments in the area.
“Even in its heyday, the Sun Centre didn’t really provide a significant economic return to the town given it was quite far removed from the town centre, it was an all-day visit, so the spill-out spend in to the town was very little, and people who visited it would stay there all day and then leave Rhyl.
“We needed to develop a mix of facilities that was both appropriate and affordable, but also something that would benefit the town directly in terms of economic development.
“We wanted something that would create an adventurous experience in Rhyl…something that would be available all year round.”
Rebecca Maxwell, corporate director for economy and public realm said:
“Around 200 jobs in total will be created in the wider economy with an estimated £1.7m boost to Rhyl’s local economy every year as a direct result of the additional footfall.
“Foot-fall is key to turning Rhyl’s fortunes around, it’s about regenerating from within and creating the facility that we know will attract people to the town.”
Subject to planning permission, work will begin in September 2017 and the council said it would consult with young people on the design of the park.
Tickets will cost £13 for adults and £11 for children for a half-day visit.
A family ticket will be £39. Local leisure card holders will get 30% discount.
There will also be parking facilities in the underground car park under the Children’s Village which is being revamped.