Planning permission granted for £15m Rhyl waterpark with hopes that the new development will regenerate the North Wales seaside town as a popular tourist destination.
Denbighshire’s planning committee has agreed plans for a 1200sqm waterpark.
The council formally supported the waterpark proposal earlier in 2017. Financial support will come from the local authority, Rhyl Town Council and the Welsh Government.
Work will begin on site this September and the new facilities are set to open in early 2019. It is hoped the new attraction will bring an extra 350,000 visitors to the seaside town each year. In addition it will create an extra 60 new jobs.
The proposed space will include indoor and outdoor flume rides plus climbing facilities. There will be a children’s water play frame and slides plus a double height children’s play activity zone. An outside Splash Pool will include two wet splash pads with accompanying sun lounger areas, toilet facilities and café terraces. In addition there will be party rooms, a sales area and reception.
Beach style cabanas will flank the outdoor splash zone. A bar and terrace will cater for evening trade.
Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire County Council is also the Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for regeneration. “I’m truly delighted that the Council has formally given planning permission for the water park,” he says. “It is a significant project for the Council in the efforts to redevelop the waterfront area, as well as increasing footfall in the town and creating jobs that will boost the local economy.”
He claims it will be a unique attraction for residents as well as visitors. “We can now plough ahead with making preparations to move onto the site after the summer,” he adds.
“The water park development promises to bring a range of benefits to Rhyl,” says Councillor Alan Jones, Mayor of Rhyl. “Increasing visitor spend and establishing the town as a tourism destination.”
The proposals, drawn up in partnership with Alliance Leisure, include relocation of the town’s skate park. Local young people will be consulted and asked to help co-design the new skate park.
“With planning permission secured, work can now start on developing what will be an amazing facility for local people and future visitors,” says Councillor Jones. “The winds of change are blowing. The patience of the people of Rhyl will be rewarded with a facility we can all be proud of, one that puts our town firmly on the map.”