This cartoon tribute to Aquajet owners Ken and Lyn Lessells was drawn by good friend Hec Goodall.
This cartoon tribute to Aquajet owners Ken and Lyn Lessells was drawn by good friend Hec Goodall.

You could be sliding into history

By DAVID MOASE

ABOUT 9pm tomorrow night, the Aquajet slide, a source of both screams and laughter for more than 25 years, will fall silent.

The last slider will splash into the pool at the bottom, the water will stop running and an era will end.

On Monday, work will begin to take the waterslide apart and clear the site for the expansion of Park Beach Plaza.

Until then, however, there is plenty of time to slide, trampoline, drive a fun kart, play mini golf and swim.

The Aquajet will be open as usual today, while tomorrow it will host a family fun day to raise money for the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour's Patients and Carers Lodge at the health campus.

It is an appropriate way for the people of Coffs Harbour to farewell the waterslide because countless thousands of dollars have been raised there over the years with owner Ken Lessells regularly opening the doors to charities and schools.

The gates will open at 10am tomorrow and will stay open until 9pm.

Entry of $10 will give everyone who goes along the chance to enjoy unlimited slides.

An extra charge will apply for the fun karts, mini golf and the dry slide. There also will be a sausage sizzle.

The Aquajet and most of the other attractions have been bought by the Coffs Harbour Zoo.

Its owners hope to have some of the smaller attractions operating at Moonee soon, while the Aquajet will be put into storage until a site can be found for it to be rebuilt.



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