BAYSWATER council will open the ailing Maylands Waterland earlier in an attempt to boost patronage.
After pressure from families who want to bring the younguns out before it gets too warm, Waterland will now open at 9am during the school holidays and on weekends.
A council report cited research that young children love a mid-morning nap so the current 10am start meant they could be swimming just as they were getting sleepy.
Eliaz Pik from the Improving Maylands group had been pushing for the change and announced the news on his group’s Facebook page, pointing out that nearly half of the people using Waterlands show up between 10am and 11am, suggesting early swimming is in high demand. It’ll cost an extra $6000 to open earlier.
The city’s consultation with locals over whether (and how) to keep Waterland open after this season is ongoing. All the info on that is at engage.bayswater.wa.gov.au and the council will make a decision about whether to pump in the necessary millions to keep it going early next year.