COVENTRY’S new £36.7 million waterpark The Wave will finally be opened in time for half-term on Monday, October 21.
The council’s announcement today of the long-awaited opening day following weeks of delay.
Features of the state-of-the-art waterpark include six high-octane slides, the Torrent – which drops riders 20 metres into a plunge pool, roller coaster rides like the Cyclone, with flashing lights and sound, a splash pad area with jets, tipping buckets and smaller accessible slides for toddlers, a lazy river, a poolside cafe and wave pool which churns more than 20 million litres of water every day.
The council says feedback from Westwood School pupils on the venue’s design has helped to make it one of the most accessible water parks in the UK ensuring all areas are easily accessible.
Coun Kamran Caan, cabinet member for public health and sport, said: “I’m delighted that we have an opening date for the Waterpark at The Wave. It’s a little bit later than we had hoped but we wanted the quality to be spot on before we opened the doors to local people and visitors.
“First impressions count and now looking around this fantastic building, I’m convinced that local people will really enjoy these incredible facilities.
“More importantly, thanks to the design and the input of local school children waterpark is accessible for everyone.
“No other city has this kind of facility in the heart of the city centre and it’s the perfect legacy to our year as the European City of Sport.
“I’d also like to remind Coventry residents that they can enjoy discounted prices at the Wave by signing up for a GoCV card. So, get your card, come along and try out these incredible facilities.”
A further £13.5 million has been spent on a new 50 metre pool at The Alan Higgs Centre, including a total grant from Sport England of £3 million split across the two facilities.
Coun George Duggins, Coventry City Council leader, said: “I’m very pleased that we’re finally about to open The Wave’s waterpark. In times of austerity, we have taken a brave decision to invest over £30 million into the Wave which is our biggest investment in sport and physical activity, and I think this along with our new 50-metre pool and Coventry on the Move initiative in our parks underline our commitment to get Coventry active.
“It’s been fascinating watching this building take shape over the last few years and I’m sure it’ll prove to be a major attraction. City centres are changing and attractions like this will have an important part to play in the success of our city centre.”
The Wave’s Lifestyles fitness facilities and Mana Spa opened in July.
Paul Breed, Chief Executive for CV Life, which manages The Wave, said: “The whole team at CV Life can’t wait to fully open the doors and invite the public to experience this fantastic waterpark. As the Operators of this and other sport and leisure venues across the City, we know how popular The Wave will become. Along with the waterpark, comes the state-of-the-art health and fitness suite, Les Mills gym classes and the tranquil Mana Spa – there is something for everyone – just pop in and come and have a look around.”