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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Waterpark Could Be Coming To Sauble Beach

Sauble Beach | by John Divinski  

If approved, The Waves Waterpark would be like a floating obstacle course.

A new activity is in the works for Sauble Beach on the water.

The Waves floating waterpark is coming, assuming all approvals are given before the summer.

Ryan Gardhouse, one of the co-owners of the proposed Waves at Sauble, says they're looking for a letter of support from South Bruce Peninsula, so they can continue to get approvals from ministries at the senior level of government.

Gardhouse says  the waterpark is "like an obstacle course, but floats" and will be located at the beach, in 4-to-6-feet of water.

He says it will be set up between the second and third sandbar in the waters of Lake Huron, measuring 26 meters by 62 meters.

Gardhouse says, they are aware of the wind and wave action of the beach at times, but the facility will be well anchored and if the weather is too threatening, they will close the business for that day.

If they get the go-ahead from the federal government, they hope to be in operation in late June until Labour Day Weekend, operating daily from 10am to 8pm with security in place from 8pm to 10am when not operating.

After Labour Day, the facility would be removed and stored away, although the anchoring system, deep below the lakebed, would remain in place whether or not the business was operating.

Gardhouse says, safety will be the number one priority.

Three lifeguards will be on duty at all times and only 75 people will be allowed on the floating waterpark at any given time.

Also life jackets, which will be provided, will be mandatory.

Council has agreed to lend its support to the proponents so they can go to the Ministry of Natural Resources, Transport Canada and Department of Fisheries and Oceans to apply for permission to occupy the waters and run the business.

The owners are proposing to use waterpark equipment from Wibit which is considered a gold standard manufacturer of equipment for waterparks in over 80-countries including several in Canadian open water such as Splash On Waterpark in Barrie.

Gardhouse, along with Mike Robinson are also owners of the Ascent Aerial Park in Sauble Beach.

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