High ropes course ready for spring

Work has started to build a High Ropes Course at Stanley Park
Work has started to build a High Ropes Course at Stanley Park
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Work has begun to build a £320,000 high ropes adventure course at Stanley Park.

Blackpool Council has borrowed the cash for the adrenaline-fuelled attraction which is set to open in the spring.

Construction, which is being carried out by experts from Dorset-based JMA Adventure, is due to be completed in late April, followed by testing and training sessions.

The structure, which will rise to 11 metres in height, is being built next to Blackpool Sports Centre on part of land which was previously the site for the council’s greenhouses and is now a car park.

There will be an eight-metre high ropes course, and a four-metre low course, which people can use to take part in aerial trekking.

There will also be a zip wire, a rock climbing wall, bridges and obstacles.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, who visited the site to check on progress, said: “The build stage looks to be going extremely well and the construction is now really taking shape.

“This is an incredibly exciting project and one which will help Stanley Park to compete with the best parks in the country.”

Elaine Smith, chairman of the Friends of Stanley Park, said they had been consulted throughout the process.

She added: “We are delighted with it and think it will look great.

“It ticks all the boxes because it is healthy, it is another attraction for Blackpool and it will bring people to the park.

“It has been built on space where the gardener’s cottage was so none of the green space in the park has been lost. I think it is going to be a fantastic addition.

“The Friends group was consulted throughout the process and included in all of the discussions.”

Prices will start from £8 per person and the course will be suitable for anyone over the age of five.

As well as individuals it is hoped to attract groups for team-building exercises and educational events.

JMA Adventure has built high ropes courses across the country as the activity has grown in popularity.

People will be able to find out more about the Blackpool facility, including how to book, by visiting www.blackpoolhighropes.co.uk.