Making a splash
Australia Zoo is one of the world’s largest wildlife conservation facilities and a global leader in wildlife and habitat conservation.
Situated on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, it attracts more than 800,000 visitors annually who enjoy experiencing the wonderful array of animals from all around the world.
With the zoo attracting a high proportion of young families, management were keen to establish additional facilities to keep young children entertained — especially during the hotter and more humid months.
With the increasing popularity of water parks throughout the world, Australia Zoo decided to build its own water park and commission its internal design team to create a colourful and exciting facility for young children.
An important aspect in the design was safety.
“After undertaking a lot of research to determine the most suitable surface for kids to run around on for our Laughing Frog Water Park, we decided on Life Floor. It was our view that a non-abrasive foam rubber surface would be far safer for our guests, and for us, safety is always our first priority,” said Brian Dore, Australia Zoo Operations Manager.
The Life Floor foam rubber flooring system is specifically designed and engineered to perform in aquatic environments and to minimise slip and falls.
When a fall does occur, the non-slip ‘soft fall’ construction ensures that bumps and bruises are minimised, as the non-abrasive surface is soft on bare fleet and won’t skin knees or elbows.
Tiles were affixed to the concrete floor using a waterproof, propriety contact adhesive.
A meandering design in blue and green to resemble a billabong, along with large handmade concrete sculptures of native animals, make the 220 m2 splash park an attractive and very popular attraction for youngsters.
“We have only recently opened our Laughing Frog Water Park and already it is proving to be incredibly popular with our patrons. Children and their parents love the new addition to Australia Zoo — just wait until summer comes!” Dore said.
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