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Coventry waterpark welcomes first swimmers

John Carlon 21st Oct, 2019 Updated: 21st Oct, 2019

COVENTRY’S new waterpark, The Wave, has opened today, the first day of the city’s half-term school holiday.

An adult ticket is £14.50 peak/ £10.50 off-peak; a junior ticket is £11 peak/ £9 off-peak. Disabled people and those with a GoCV card receive a discount.

The £36million waterpark on New Union Street, Coventry city centre, welcomed its first swimmers to enjoy six slides, each offering a combination of speed and thrills.

From ‘the Torrent’ – which drops riders 20 metres into the plunge pool – to rollercoaster ride ‘the Cyclone’, Coventry City Council billed the slides ‘a ‘unique experience’ with light and sound features.

In addition to six water slides, The Wave is also billed as having the nation’s largest wave pool, a ‘lazy river’, a toddler splash zone, a spa and health and fitness facilities.

Pupils from Westwood School helped to ensure that all areas of the waterpark were designed to be easily accessible, via a ramp that spirals around the interior of the park.

Coun Kamran Caan, cabinet member for public health and sport, said: “The opening is 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.”

The Wave’s special design has already won an award – from the international group the World Waterpark Association.

The Wave was designed by Vortex Aquatic Partners, who picked up the award for The Wave’s design at a ceremony in Montreal, Canada earlier this month.

Virginie Guilbeault, vice-president of Vortex Aquatic, added: “The Wave Coventry is an unbelievable aquatic facility. The architects had a bold, unique vision, which provided numerous design opportunities that Vortex was excited to undertake.

“Winning industry awards is gratifying because it validates our approach to design and recognizes our water attractions as those that delight children and their families.”

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