City's new pool opened
Monday, 1st December, 2008
Almost 1,500 people attended the unofficial opening of the city's new 50 metre pool and slide on Saturday evening.
Council's Infrastructure Manager, Paul DeLisio, said that 1,495 people went through the turnstiles at the North Family Play Centre over the course of the day.
"It certainly exceeded expectations," Mr DeLisio said.
"I think given the weather it was a very pleasing crowd."
A large number of youngsters were keen to try out the new spiral slide, but the first official patron to do so was Katelyn McInnes.
The 11-year-old won the free raffle, sending her into the city's history books with a splash.
"She certainly enjoyed herself immensely,' Mr DeLisio said.
After Katelyn, a long line-up of youngsters were eagerly awaiting their chance for a go on the enclosed 7.5 metre high slide.
"I'm certain that it's been well received by those who were game enough to go on it," Mr DeLisio said.
The opening of the new aquatic centre was also celebrated with free entry to allow people to experience the pool under lights, as well as a free sausage sizzle.
Mr DeLisio said that it was pleasing to see toddlers through to the elderly enjoying the new facilities.
"It was a family outing for a lot of people in Broken hill," he said.
"I think it's been the realisation of something the Broken Hill community has been looking forward to for so many years."
Council will advertise the pool and slide opening times in the near future.