TO BUILD the proposed Proserpine waterpark at Pioneer Park would have blown the cost of the promised facility out by more than $1 million, according to Division 3 councillor John Collins.
A "pre start meeting" was attended by Cr Collins and project consultants Projex Partners at the now preferred site next to the Proserpine Pool yesterday.
"Having the waterpark situated near the pool was the most logical and viable option at the end of the day," Cr Collins said.
"Locating the waterpark... at the Proserpine Pool meant the project could be completed this financial year with the budgeted $1.35 million. The other suggested sites would have seen the project budget blow out by more than $1million."
Cr Collins said the design stage was expected to be complete by mid October and depending on the weather "(we) are hopeful of having it open around Easter next year".
Civil engineer of roads and drainage with the Whitsunday Regional Council, Michael Downing, said Projex Partners would provide council with information about the project from which tenders would be based.
Mr Downing said while Pioneer Park would have been "a very good location right off the highway" the problems would have included access and parking.
"Here we have got filtration systems set up and we will be jumping onto that. There we have nothing and no parking," he explanied.
Mr Downing said the existing facilities at the pool, such as toilets and a canteen, meant a significant amount of money could be saved.
Cr Collins said the Proserpine Pool was also the preferred option after the community consultation and was recommended by an external consultant.
The park will be similar in size to the waterpark in Bowen, however design details are yet to be finalised.
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