APRIL FOOLS: Amazons water park could have new home
AS MUCH as the people loved it, there was no saving Amazons water park from the development bug of the early 2000s.
Many Brisbane and Ipswich kids saw their childhood summer memories methodically dismantled when the park was pulled apart 15 years ago.
What many didn't realise, however, was that the owners of the park hadn't completely given up hope for the future.
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Instead of being dumped, the slide parts were meticulously catalogued, tagged and stored safely in a massive industrial shed at Acacia Ridge.
That brave decision may just end up changing the lives of Ipswich's younger generations for the better.
Ipswich City Council yesterday gave preliminary approval for the former site of Bremer State High School to become the new home to the legendary water park.
If final approval is reached, each slide will be rebuilt at the Eastern Heights site in its original configuration - just as it once was at Jindalee.
City development boss Paul Tully said the old-new waterpark was part of a plan that also included adjoining residential housing.
"It's a massive site that is perfectly positioned for this type of use," Cr Tully said.
"The block runs slightly downhill, which will allow the heavily chlorinated water to run-off safely towards Bundamba Ck.
"We plan to bring in the same landscaping contractors that worked on the original water park, so that we can achieve that genuine feel of an early-80s theme park.
"I was a huge fan of Amazons back in the day. My favourite ride was probably the 5m deck where you just jump off and do a big bomb dive.
"I would be running up and down those steps all day, pushing small kids out the way to get to the front of the line."
It never had the same prestige as Wet 'n Wild, but many an Ipswich teenager through the 80s and 90s came away with happy memories from Amazons water park.
Closed down in the year 2000 to make way for a large shopping centre, the Jindalee theme park was a Brisbane favourite due to rides like the toboggan, the shot gun and the lily pads.
The park's rebirth is set to bring life back to the struggling Eastern Heights business community - one which used to thrive due to the proximity of Bremer State High School.
Thanks to a deal struck up with developers, residents of the new 600-lot Toucan Estate at Eastern Heights would enjoy 50% off entry year-round to the water park, if it goes ahead as planned.
Amazons owner Terry Tukairne said he was thrilled to be able to finally put the old water slides back together in Ipswich.
"Ipswich is growing so fast - it reminds me of Jindalee in the late 70s," Mr Tukairne said.
"This is the perfect position, I mean, just imagine smashing it down the speed slide while enjoying a perfect view of Flinders Peak off in the distance.
"Best of all, we are putting all the slides back together as they were, so it should bring back some great memories for the folk who went to Amazons as kids, except now they will be bringing their own kids down to enjoy it too."