Ideas for Tuncurry’s water play space are open, as works to decommission the old pool site begin next week.

Current (old) Tuncurry pool site and its recreational precinct.

The 17-metre Tuncurry Pool was built in 1972 and was near the end of its useable life, due to ongoing operational and safety concerns.

The pool site is located within a recreational and leisure precinct, with existing children’s playgrounds, skate park, Wallis Lake foreshore, and local businesses.

Forster Tuncurry doesn’t have a dedicated children’s water park, which are extremely popular facilities in many other locations,” said Council’s Manager of Community Spaces, Recreation and Trades, Dan Aldridge.

The community has seen the potential for both local children and visitors to enjoy a facility that isn’t already provided elsewhere in the area.

“We’re looking forward to the next stage of consultation, where we’ll be asking families, carers and most importantly, children, to help shape the plans for the water play space.”

Extensive community consultation was conducted on the future use of the site in 2017, in which over 80% of people supported the proposal to convert the site to a children’s water park.

Work will start soon to drain the old pool and remove signage from the site.