Date: 12 Oct 2020
The eagerly anticipated new water slides at Andersonstown Leisure Centre, including the first drop slide on the island of Ireland, are set to open.
GLL, the charitable social enterprise that operates ‘Better’ leisure facilities on behalf of Belfast City Council, is now taking bookings for public sessions which start on 23 October.
The three high speed water slides include:
- Abyss – a drop slide where riders enter a capsule and prepare to be plunged into an abyss, with the floor disappearing below their feet.
- Torrent – a slalom slide where riders in singles or pairs twist and turn on inflatable rings.
- Vortex – a body slide racing riders to the bottom down twists and turns at high speeds.
Councillor Daniel Baker, Chair of Belfast City Council’s People and Communities Committee, said: “The opening of the new water slides at Andersonstown represents another milestone in Council’s £105 million Leisure Transformation Programme, which is changing the face of leisure in the city.
“The new centre is world class and our investment proves our commitment to getting more people more active more often. There has been huge excitement since the slides first appeared during the centre’s construction, so I am delighted that this moment has come when people can finally get to enjoy them.
“I have no doubt that this attraction will be hugely popular and will bring people from across Belfast and further afield to the area on a regular basis, so this is a brilliant new asset for the city” he added.
Gareth Kirk, GLL’s Regional Director for Belfast said “The water slides at Andersonstown are a family attraction on a scale that hasn’t been seen before in the city. We look forward to welcoming visitors for an exhilarating experience. While these are challenging times, we are confident that the Covid safe measures we have in place means that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable visit.”
Anyone wishing to sample the water slides can book them from today via the Better UK app or the centre’s website (link opens in new window).