IT is a dream many Toowoomba residents won't give up on - a water park.

Although temperatures can plummet into the negatives in the winter months, many people believe it would get more than enough use when the weather heats up.

Every time The Chronicle asks its readers what Toowoomba needs, the most popular answer is a water park, followed closely by an Ikea and David Jones.

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In a recent poll, 85% of people who voted agreed we needed a water park.

Now it has been announced that Ipswich will receive some form of water park as part of its massive inner-city revitalisation project.

Work is set to begin on the project in 2017 and will involve a $150 million transformation with final plans revealing an open space which can double as an outdoor venue to host major events for up to 4000 people.

Hooning down the City Slider on Aussie thongs are Danika Gordon and Josie Smith.
Hooning down the City Slider on Aussie thongs are Danika Gordon and Josie Smith. Nev Madsen

It will be anchored by a large redesigned water play area, which has been described as a water park, that will also provide areas for entertainment in a family friendly environment.

Brisbane also has Streets Beach at South Bank which people can visit to cool off in the hotter months.

Plans have recently been submitted to build another water park at the Sunshine Coast as part of a $400 million tourist attraction.

The closest Toowoomba has come to getting a water park was when Margaret St was shut down one day last year thanks to The City Slider, a 325-metre water slide that sent people hurtling down the street on inflatable objects.

Do you think Toowoomba needs a water park?

This poll ended on 01 February 2017.

Current Results

YES

63%

NO

36%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The world's largest inflatable water theme park was also scheduled to come to Toowoomba in April 2015 but it was later cancelled, to the disappointment of many residents.

Last month, The Chronicle reported that Toowoomba Regional Council had been inundated with requests from residents for a water amusement park.

Mayor Paul Antonio said he understood there was a huge appetite in the community for a water park but we would need a massive grant from the Queensland or Australian government, or a private investor with deep pockets to make it happen.

Cr Antonio said bringing a water park to the city was difficult because of the city's location.

"It's certainly something that's on the agenda," he said.

 Jake Iseppi takes on the City Slider in Toowoomba.
Jake Iseppi takes on the City Slider in Toowoomba. Nev Madsen

"I'm not too sure whether the (Toowoomba) Railway Parklands site is the best spot for it."

The parklands is an area between Bridge and Russell Sts that was declared a priority development area by the government on December 12, 2014, clearing the way for fast-tracked developments.

The area has been slated to develop as a high quality, mixed density urban village.

Council has previously said high-density buildings and a water feature could be included in the parklands.



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