THERE were screams of delight as the sprinklers turned on for the first time at the new Bluewater Lagoon play area.

Eight-year-old Lucas Everett was one of the first Mackay children to try out the new interactive play area.

Buzzing with adrenaline after having a bucket of water splashed over his head, the eight-year-old said he loved "everything" about the pool attraction.

Lucas said the water playground would allow his imagination to run wild.

"I can play whatever my mind makes up," he said.

Lucas Everett, 8, at the opening of the new interactive play area at the Bluewater Lagoon, on Friday October 30. Picture: Zizi Averill
Lucas Everett, 8, at the opening of the new interactive play area at the Bluewater Lagoon, on Friday October 30. Picture: Zizi Averill

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson said the $700,000 upgrade to the pool was a timely necessity, as the play equipment had reached the end of its life.

He said the beloved play equipment, bucket and slide were installed in 2008 and were no longer up to the council's safety codes.

Lucas Everett, 8, at the opening of the new interactive play area at the Bluewater Lagoon, on Friday October 30. Picture: Zizi Averill
Lucas Everett, 8, at the opening of the new interactive play area at the Bluewater Lagoon, on Friday October 30. Picture: Zizi Averill

"There is no area where a child can fall into 300mm of water, where the worst can happen," he said.

Cr Williamson said the soft fall area meant lifeguards did not need to permanently monitor it.

And he said the new playground was safer and more accessible for children of all ages and abilities.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson at the opening of the new interactive play area at the Bluewater Lagoon, on Friday October 30. Picture: Zizi Averill
Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson at the opening of the new interactive play area at the Bluewater Lagoon, on Friday October 30. Picture: Zizi Averill

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Karlia Craig and her family enjoying the new all-abilities play equipment at the Bluewater Lagoon on Friday October 30.
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All Abilities Mackay members were invited to be some of the first to try the new wheelchair accessible facility.

Cr Williamson admitted the removal of the old playground was not without controversy.

When the designs for the new playground were released many parents voiced their opposition to the removal of the slide.

While the play area was perfect for toddlers, many parents were worried there was not enough to keep their three to five year-olds amused.

"We did a fair amount of consultation," he said.

The giant bucket splashed down water on Mackay children at the opening of the new interactive play area at the Bluewater Lagoon, on Friday October 30. Picture: Zizi Averill
The giant bucket splashed down water on Mackay children at the opening of the new interactive play area at the Bluewater Lagoon, on Friday October 30. Picture: Zizi Averill

"It's staged for young kids and toddlers to have fun in the water without a fear of them drowning."

He said the wading pool was better suited to the children who were too young for the main pool and too old for the splash pad.

"Once people get used to this … it will become a part of this wonderful environment," he said.

"There might be some tweaking that has to be done.

"But it's all about getting wet and having fun on a hot day."

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