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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Crowne Plaza’s new installation makes a splash

An assortment of slides, flutes, showers, water cannons, jets and a 1,200-litre “Happy Berry Bucket” are a part of the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley’s latest installation.

Now open to guests, the Water Splash Park is set to be a drawcard for more families to visit the region.

Owner Dr Jerry Schwartz said the park added to the hotel’s long list of kids’ facilities and activities.

“The Hunter Valley has perhaps been seen more as a destination for adults wanting to go to wineries, play golf or attend conferences and events,” he explained.

“But, we’ve transformed the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley into a resort for both discerning adults and children.

“The missing ingredient in the resort’s inventory was a water park.

“So, I’m pleased to say this has really added something substantial to the Hunter Valley’s tourism attractions.

“Importantly, the water is heated through our environmentally-friendly Cogen plant that also heats the resort’s main pool.

“The addition of heated water will make it attractive for families visiting during much of the year.”

Dr Jerry Schwartz and wife Debbie with children Dane, Amber and Lara launching Crowne Plaza Water Park.

Hotel general manager Mark Winterton said it could not have come at a better time.

“This is a time when Australians are exploring their own backyard, so upgrading the hotel’s resort facilities is very well-timed,” he stated.

“The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is now a one-stop destination for families, couples and groups of friends.

“Our resort offers 414 hotel rooms and villas, an 18-hole championship golf course, two swimming pools, one of which is exclusively for adults, the Ubika Day Spa, and a Kids Club featuring train rides, carousels and, now, the fantastic Splash Park.” 

Designed by White Water Australia, managing director James Corbett hopes the park will bring joy to those who use it.

“The design and colour theme of bold pink and purple puts a smile on the faces of everyone who sees it,” he said.

“The Hunter Valley can get very hot during the year, and this water park has been designed specifically for the location.

“It will provide hours of fun and healthy outdoor activity for children.”

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