Lambton’s iconic waterslide to be renewed

Local kids can take one more slide down the towering spiral waterslide at Lambton Memorial Swimming Centre before the iconic attraction is updated in coming months.  City of Newcastle has progressed plans to replace the 22 year old enclosed raft waterslide, with the project awarded to Australian Waterslides & Leisure. 
Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the 120 metre long twisting waterslide will remain in operation until the end of the April school holidays, with work to commence on replacement once the Lambton Swimming Centre closes for winter.   

“The existing waterslide will continue to operate throughout the remainder of the current season, ready for locals to enjoy the new waterslide when the pool reopens for the 2022/23 summer season,” Cr Nelmes said.   

Councillor Peta Winney-Baartz said the waterslide has been a hit since its installation, with hundreds of people flocking to Lambton Swimming Centre during the school holidays to make a splash down the popular attraction.   

“I encourage local kids, whose parents may have enjoyed climbing up the 9-metre-high tower to splash down the waterslide when it was originally installed in 2000, to take one more slide down the popular attraction before it is replaced,” Cr Winney-Baartz said.   

A like-for-like replacement of the waterslide will be installed using the existing supporting infrastructure. 

Lambton Memorial Swimming Centre was developed as the City of Newcastle’s first inland swimming pool and was opened in January 1963. An average of 184,000 people visit the popular facility annually.   

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