The city's £36.7m waterpark, The Wave, opened its doors to the public today.
At the centre of the state-of-the-art waterpark are six high octane slides, each offering a combination of speed and thrills.
From the Torrent - which drops riders 20 metres into the plunge pool - to roller coaster rides like the Cyclone, each slide is a unique experience complemented by light and sound features which ensure complete immersion for the rider.
Also found within the waterpark, a splash pad area with jets, tipping buckets and smaller accessible slides for toddlers, a lazy river, a poolside cafe and wave pool which churns over 20 million litres of water every day.
Thanks to the help of pupils at Westwood School The Wave is one of the most accessible water parks in the UK. Feedback from the pupils during the design stage helped to ensure that all areas of the waterpark were designed to be easily accessible, via a ramp that spirals around the interior of the park.
Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said:
“Between the six thrilling slides, the lower bowl with its splash pads and toddler friendly slides, wave pool and the lazy river, there is something for all the family. More importantly, thanks to the design and the input of local schoolchildren the waterpark is accessible for everyone.
“No other city has this kind of facility in the heart of the city centre and it’s the perfect legacy to our year as the European City of Sport. Keeping active is a great way of keeping fit in mind and body. And if you can have fun at the same time then it really is a winner. This was recognised by Sport England who invested in the waterpark and we thank them for helping to make this happen.
“I’d also like to remind Coventry residents that they can enjoy discounted prices at the Wave by signing up for a GoCV card. So, get your card, come along and try out these incredible facilities.”
The Council has invested £36.7m in The Wave and a further £13.5m in the new 50 metre pool at The Alan Higgs Centre, including a total grant from Sport England of £3m split across the two facilities.
Cllr George Duggins, Leader, said:
“It’s been fascinating watching this building take shape over the last few years and I’m sure it’ll prove to be a major attraction. City centres are changing and attractions like this will have an important part to play in the success of our city centre.”
The opening of the waterpark follows on from the July opening of the Wave’s Lifestyles fitness facilities and Mana Spa. The fitness facilities, Mana Spa and the waterpark will all be managed by Coventry based company CV Life.
Paul Breed, Chief Executive for CV Life, said:
“Along with the waterpark, comes the state-of-the-art health and fitness suite, Les Mills gym classes and the tranquil Mana Spa - there is something for everyone - just pop in and come and have a look around."
Opening hours and prices of sessions at The Wave can be found on the website.