Cleveland's Bay Play centre to undergo renovation work after closure back-flip

RENOVATIONS: Bay Play's staff will pitch in when the centre closes down for a week.
RENOVATIONS: Bay Play's staff will pitch in when the centre closes down for a week.

CLEVELAND'S indoor play centre Bay Play will get a face-lift as its owners look to keep the business open after back-flipping on their decision to shut down.

Bay Play's management said last week that the centre would stop operating this month but on Wednesday announced they would reopen, following an outpouring of support.

Bay Play manager Joanne Wildermoth said the centre would close for a week from July 26, opening after renovations on August 3.

"We will be doing the hard yards to keep Bay Play open," Ms Wildermoth said.

"I've always thought (the toddler area) needed an upgrade, so we are going to relocate and update it.

"We are going to fix up all the party rooms and build a mother's room where customers can go if they feel like they need privacy while breastfeeding. We'll also put a bottle warmer in there with the change tables to make it a bit nicer for them."

Ms Wildermoth said the centre was often quiet on week-days during the school term.

"We're only really busy on the weekends and school holidays but that doesn't make up for the five days every week when we are not busy at all," she said.

"That was initially why they (the owners) were closing. It was not financially viable.

"But when we got all the feedback from the customers I think they saw that maybe we can make this work.

"We are the only play centre like this in the Redlands."

Ms Wildermoth said staff would consider other improvements.

"We have been trying to implement a booking system for the weekends and school holidays which has been quite a long process," she said.

"A lot of feedback that we've got from the community is that when they want to come on the weekend they can't get in because we're at capacity.

"We're considering doing sessions in three-hour increments."