The first stage of a $70 million water park in Perth's north-eastern suburbs will open today in what has been described as one of the most significant tourist attraction developments in WA in decades.
As revealed by _The Weekend West _ in April, the park will eventually sit on 4ha at The Maze Fun Park in Bullsbrook.
The $1.5 million first stage includes a three-storey waterslide playground with two tube slides, two flume slides, a toddlers' slide, a family slide, a 1000-litre tipping bucket and a range of water cannons and interactive spray features.
The families of 25 readers of _The Weekend West _ were given exclusive access to the new playground last night to "test" the equipment.
One reader, Kirsty Parin, of Scarborough, said her family had enjoyed a great time as slide testers.
"The big green enclosed slide seemed the most popular," she said. "It was quick and fast and good fun."
Another reader, Jeremy Scott, said his family had a fun afternoon, with the flume slides being a favourite.
The Maze director Paul Woodcock said the park would be built in six stages over 10 years.
Planning approvals for stage two will be submitted next week, with work expected to begin next year.