Crowds flock to new water park

THE PROSPECT of a cool splash in the water bought out more than 1500 people to the opening of a new water park at Providence housing development in Ripley.

The $3.4 million Splash'N'Play park was celebrated with a sausage sizzle.

Ipswich mum Sarah Bird took the family out to experience the park's first day after watching it being constructed.

"We saw it in development," she said.

"It's just amazing."

Billed as an adventure playground, Splash'N'Play is free and will be open all year long.

It includes water features that measure up to 4m high as well as barbecues, picnic tables and a grassed amphitheatre.

The water park forms part of the Providence's larger park facility and will back on to the Providence centre and cafe when it opens in April.

Providence director Michael Khan said in a statement the housing development was one of only a handful in Australia to have a free water park.

Sunday proved to be the perfect day to open the water park after temperatures reached a peak of 33.5 degrees.

The hot weather is expected to stick around today on the final day of summer with a top of 33 predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Temperatures are then expected to fall slightly to 30-32 degrees for the rest of the week.

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