Although the most recent date for release of the Waterfront Study is now May 2018, one idea from it is going ahead. On Monday, Council approved going ahead with a Waterpark based on the tender bid by Peterborough based ATL Distributing. They will supply and operate a Waterpark made by Aquaglide. At the Council meeting, they provided operational and financial details. Once finally approved at next week’s regular Council meeting, the contract will be for 2 years with a 3 year extension available. The Town will get 10% of gross revenues which are estimated to be $278K – so an estimated $27.8K/year will go to the Town. Economic benefits include 8 local seasonal jobs (mostly lifeguards) and an increase in Tourists who will likely also stay longer.
Dean Hustwick said that this “aligns with Cobourg’s Tourism Strategy” as well as being good for local residents – especially on week days.
The presentation (see link below) emphasized safety and that the WOW factor would make Cobourg’s Beach even more attractive to Tourists and get a lot of media attention. Local residents would get a discounted rate during off-peak times.
The attraction would be divided into two parts – one closer to shore with water 4ft deep for 3 to 9 year olds and a larger one further out for older children. Parents can accompany the younger children (at no charge). It will be open from June 23rd to September 3 (2018 dates) starting at 10:00am – 7 days a week. Closing times are 6:00pm weekdays and 8:00pm weekends.
Safety is paramount with multiple lifeguards on duty at all times as well as the requirement that all users must wear supplied life jackets. Lifeguards will be staged on structures and circle the park on stand up paddleboards to ensure participants’ safety. Waivers must be signed by all participants and rules of the park will be predominantly posted at the entrance. A security company will monitor the park during all closed hours.
Managing the park would be done on the beach then users would walk out to the park. Marker buoys would indicate the area occupied.
Fees planned are:
- Kid Park – 2 Hours: $10.00 each
- Full Park – 2 Hours: $15.00 each
- ½ Day – Kid Park: $15.00 each
- ½ Day – Full Park: $25.00 each
- Full Day – Full Park: $35.00 each
- Group Rate Both Parks:
- 2 Hours (15+ guests at one time): $12.50 each
These fees include the life vest rental. Wetsuits will also be available for rent.
These numbers were provided by ATL Distributing based on their experience. Included is an allowance for average bad weather days (although last year was worse than average).
- Estimated Annual Revenue: $277,965
- Estimated Total Annual Operating Costs: $228,398
- Operating Income before Concession Fees: $49,567
Concession Fee payable to Town of Cobourg: 10% of annual gross revenue.
ATL Distributing will cover setup costs, safety equipment, life jackets, fencing and storage at a cost of $211,604 (pre-tax).
Size for Cobourg’s Installation
A – Large Aquapark (9+ years of age):
The large park would comprise of a mix of climbers, bouncers, swings and slides, as well as several other challenge pieces designed to get you wet in the water. The large park would measure approximately 192’ wide x 80’ deep and would hold a capacity of 100 people at a time.
B –The “Kid” Aquapark (3-9 years of age):
The smaller “kid” park would measure approximately 80’ wide x 60’ deep and would hold a capacity of 30 people at a time. Water depth in this area would be 4’ to 5’ deep, therefore parents can stand in the water to supervise their climbing, bouncing, sliding children. This smaller park however, is durable enough for adults to climb if a parent needed to access their child.
Cobourg will be joining other municipalities internationally in Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Croatia, Greece, France and Italy and in Canada in Kelowna, Montreal, Penticton and Barrie. New municipal waterparks are opening in Orillia and Oka in 2018. Given the fast track on our Council, Cobourg should also open in 2018.
Below are a couple of pictures showing the design and location on the beach. As you can see, the Park will be well way from the pier and nearer the east end of the beach.
Video from AquaGlide