Plans progress for new £1.9million attraction in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 14:44 21 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:44 21 October 2016

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Plans are progressing for new £1.9million leisure attractions on the former Splashlands site in Welwyn Garden City.

Welwyn Hatfield Council’s business review report proposes a mix of new leisure activities on the former Splashlands site, including a wet splash pad and an adventure golf course.

A new building offering food and refreshments and a new public toilets are also under consideration.

A council spokeswoman said: “This will help to vary the leisure offer and to complement the adjacent ropes course, Vertigo Adventures. All new facilities will, of course, be subject to the council’s formal approval.”

She added: “There remains some further work to be done before a report can come forward for consideration by the Splashlands Project Board and then the cabinet.

“This project represents a significant financial and logistical undertaking by the council to enhance the leisure offer in Stanborough Park, so it’s important to achieve the best outcome for everyone. A further update will be provided when the council is in a position to make a decision on this project.”

Parents have long called for a replacement for Splashlands after it closed in the 1990, but the council’s plan to develop a wet play area on the north side of Stanborough Park was derailed in June 2013 after a woman fell from the high ropes attraction.

Splashlands closed due to structural problems, poor ground conditions and high running costs and some have called for another outdoor pool to be built.

But the council spokeswoman said: “There is no current business case for constructing a new one which could only operate for a limited number of weeks per year.

“So the intention is to create a mix of new dry and wet adventure play facilities to enable the site to run sustainably and not require a financial contribution from local taxpayers every year.”

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