PERTH'S Elizabeth Quay precinct will boast an interactive water park, covering more than 1,000 square metres and including a water feature with choreographed water jets, lighting and sound, after a $10 million contribution from BHP Billiton.
Plans for the BHP Billiton Water Park reveal that it can be flooded to create a reflective pool effect, and can be completely drained in just a matter of minutes to provide an intimate event space for up to 800 people.
"The park will be more than a water feature; it will be an entry point to Elizabeth Quay, offering visitors a range of family friendly dining options and event spaces," WA Premier Colin Barnett said of the park, which will be located on the corner of William Street and Geoffrey Bolton Avenue opposite the Esplanade Train Station.
The water park will be one of a number of features due to open at Elizabeth Quay later this year, including The Inlet, The Island and The Promenade. New food and beverage outlets are also due to open in 2015, including a takeaway kiosk and an alfresco dining restaurant.
Planning Minister John Day said the State Government is currently calling for entertainers to express their interest in bringing events to Elizabeth Quay from 2016. He said the new precinct will have the capacity to host events for up to 15,000 people at one time.
"In its entirety, Elizabeth Quay will accommodate thousands of people for a variety of large events. There will also be smaller spaces such as the water park and The Landing, which has been designed to encourage interaction with the Swan River and will double as an area for lunchtime sports, pop-up vendors and concerts for 7,000 people," Mr Day said.
It has been more than two-and-a-half years since construction first commenced on the Elizabeth Quay project, which aims to reconnect the Swan River with Perth's CBD through the mixed-use redevelopment of 10 hectares of riverfront land between Barrack and William streets.
In addition to the $440 million being invested by the State Government, the longer term vision for the precinct is for more than $2 billion of private sector investment to deliver around 800 apartments, 400 hotel rooms, 200,000 square metres of commercial space and 25,000 square metres of retail space.
Images: Artist's impressions of proposed water park at Elizabeth Quay / Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.