12 December 2022
Works on the actual splash park are progressing to plan with the splash pad near completion. The pipework and mounting structures for the water features are installed, the concrete base has been poured and we are aiming to have the surface painted by end of December and the shade sail installed.
We have faced a number of issues in delivering this project which have resulted in delays. These have been the removal of the water slide, wet weather from September to November affecting construction, lack of availability of contractors, rescheduling by subcontractors as they worked around weather delays, and the need to replace/upgrade equipment required to operate the splash park.
Once the water slide was removed and construction works commenced onsite, it was established that all of the existing equipment required to operate a new splash park needed to be replaced or upgraded. This included a new balance tank, new plant room and upgraded pumps, filters, etc. The reasons that the existing equipment needed to be replaced or upgraded was varied and included end of life, unsuitability for the new splash pad, non-compliant with current regulations, or non-functional.
The main reason for not completing the splash park by 23 December is that the contractor has been unable to engage a concreter to build the new concrete, underground balance tank. The concreter was not booked earlier in the process as we were not aware that a new balance tank would be required. The balance tank works are scheduled for January but will rely on three to four weeks of dry weather to complete.
All going well with the weather and no further delays, we are hoping to have the splash park operational by mid-February. Revised completion date: Mid February 2023.
2 November 2022
Works at the Yarrawonga Splash Park are progressing but are slow due to the amount of rain delays. Farley Pools have been onsite for six weeks and only averaged two days of work a week due to the rain. They have nearly completed installing drainage and mounting pads and the next step is to pour the concrete splash pad. The main concern is we need warm weather for the concrete to cure properly. Revised completion date: 23 December 2022.