Tall, looping waterslides will be the major drawcard when the City of Cockburn opens a new aquatic and recreation centre.
The slides will feature as part of the facilities on offer at the new Cockburn ARC, when the $109 million centre opens its doors next week.
Cockburn ARC will feature a six-court multi-purpose stadium, three headed recreation pools, state-of-the art gym, group fitness areas and athlete training facilities.
It also includes sustainable features designed to save hundreds and thousands of dollars while providing tonnes of annual carbon dioxide offsets.
However, the centre’s three looping waterslides that stand up to 18 metres high and 125 metres in length will be the main attraction, bringing thrill seekers in through the door.
The 70 metre blue looping Rocket features a “mind-blowing” drop before plunging through a loop and down an 18 metre exit at the end of the slide.
Its second slide the Tumbler is a slide that caters for up to two people on rubber rafts, while the third Pipeline slide runs for 125 metres as a fully enclosed tunnel.
The centre will contain world class sustainability features including passive solar design, LED lighting, high efficiency pool water filtration to significantly reduce total water consumption and a Building Management System with digital air-conditioning and ventilation.
It is also home to a 1MW Solargain rooftop solar installation, generating 1550MWh per year, providing a third of the facility’s annual load, saving around $300,000 a year and a carbon dioxide offset of 1170 tonnes a year.
The facility is set to provide employment and training opportunities and create economic benefits, with expenditure in Cockburn Central estimated to reach $12 million per year.
Cockburn ARC replaces South Lake Leisure Centre, which has closed its doors after 25 years.
City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the centre was a sustainable community facility for people of all abilities.
“It represents a new benchmark for contemporary recreation, community, elite sporting and educational facilities,” he said.
“(It) is also home to the AFL’s Fremantle Football Club team, the Fremantle Dockers, and its AFL Women’s equivalent.”
Cockburn Arc will open with ticketed Community “Discover” Opening Days on Saturday 20 May and Sunday 21 May.
Tickets can be purchased at www.cockburnarc.com.au/discover.