APRIL FOOLS: My affection for lost water park no joke
YEAH it's April Fools Day but still, wouldn't it be great if there really was some way of bringing Amazons water park back from the dead?
Amazons never had the fancy rides, the overly zealous lifeguards, or the ridiculous crowds of some of the other water parks - which was why we loved it so much as kids.
Best of all, if we could convince mum to push the old XE Falcon a bit harder (she never needed much convincing anyway) you could get there from Ipswich in about 15 minutes.
How's that for convenience?
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I recall waiting in line a little bit to get into the front gate sometimes, but once inside, you could sort of run around from one thing to the other without lining up for long.
Amazons had equipment that you wouldn't exactly call a slide - like the lily pads, the wrestling horse, the flying fox, or that deck that you would jump off after the lifeguard blew the whistle to signify that there wasn't some poor kid gulping down heavily chlorinated water below.
It had some good slides too - the shotguns were designed in such a way that you could never really control what position you were in when you hit the water.
The toboggan was a little too scary for some, who would get to the top, only to meekly hand their toboggan back to the man and make the walk of shame back down the stairs.
At Amazons, there was always the possibility of hurting yourself, which as a kid was a great thrill.
Another story that appeared on page 5 of today's paper, and also online this morning, regarding the cancellation of SPER debts in exchange for donations of tinned goods, was also an April Fool's joke. This story has since been taken offline.