Raft ride from the roof to the pool of the new Trop

RAPID raft rides, fast flumes and a relaxing spa pool are all going to be part of the new water park on Weston's seafront. The finer details of what will be included in Lifestation@Tropicana were revealed to the public in a series of three consultation me

RAPID raft rides, fast flumes and a relaxing spa pool are all going to be part of the new water park on Weston's seafront.The finer details of what will be included in Lifestation@Tropicana were revealed to the public in a series of three consultation meetings. Displays of floor plans and graphics were put on show, on Thursday last, Friday and Saturday, so members of the public could voice their opinion about the plans. The 46,000 sq ft water park, to be run by Splashdown, which has a similar park in Poole, Dorset, will have a total of eight different slides and flumes for swimmers to enjoy. The signature ride, known as The Bowl, will see riders in either a two or four man raft fly down the flume to a whirlpool, which they have to get out of before descending down the final part of the flume. There will also be a slide that visitors will ride down in a one man raft. In the summer, this will start from the sun terrace on the building's roof.A multi-slide will allow friends to compete against each other and three fast flumes and two short, sharp rides mean riders can have a go on them all in quick succession. A children's area, with smaller slides and water cannons, next to the 25m, six-lane swimming pool will mean parents and children can both enjoy their time in the park. A spa pool, sauna and the building's sun terrace will also mean visitors can have a relaxing time, with either a two hour or all day ticket for the park. Weston's new entertainment complex will also include an eight screen cinema, which will seat 1,200 people, and a 20-lane bowling alley. There will also be 11 or 12 food and drink outlets, including smaller cafes and restaurants serving a range of world foods. Henry Boot Developments senior development surveyor, Craig Mathias, said: "We are currently in talks with six big restaurant operators and we will leave the other restaurant space open for smaller, more local businesses."A children's play zone, aimed at three to 13-year-olds, will include ball pits and slides, and also a skate park with ramps and rails.It was also confirmed that a 96-bed hotel will be built on top of the entertainment facilities. Life Property Limited director Simon Berry said: "We have approached the anchor tenants, such as the operator for the hotel, cinema, pool and bowling alley but we can't confirm anything until the planning application is submitted.


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