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Lofty ambition for high rope zone

An example of a similar high rope course to the one it is hoped will be introduced at Stanley Park

An example of a similar high rope course to the one it is hoped will be introduced at Stanley Park

Blackpool looks set to get its very own high rope adventure course.

A high ropes activity course is being planned for land next to Blackpool Sports Centre in Stanley Park.

It is part of plans, to be discussed by the council on January 27, which aim to develop new adventure activities in the resort.

High rope courses consist of an aerial trekking route – created using either trees or from artificial columns, with steel ropes connecting a series of obstacles and challenges. Go Bananas and Aerial Extreme, in Manchester, are examples of high-rope courses.

The Blackpool scheme will have a low course and higher course and a zip wire.

Council bosses say £320,000 would need to be borrowed to set up the new facilities.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and leisure, (pictured above) said: “These are extremely exciting proposals for Blackpool.

“There’s nothing like this nearby and it makes the most of the proximity of the park to Marton Mere, which is also about to undergo major investment.

“High rope courses are very popular all over the country, but rarely cater for primary school-aged children.

“We want to develop something in Blackpool which can be used by schools and community groups, as well as visitors. No longer will schools have to plan trips to the Lake District or Manchester, they will be able to do the same activities on their doorstep.”

It will cost £6 for people to tackle the low rope course and £10 for both the low and high course.

The cost will rise to £15, with additional activities such as the zip wire. Packages will be available for schools and corporate teams, to be finalised later.

There are also plans for a “mole hole” – an underground tunnel maze, more orienteering routes and mountain bike hire.

The Friends of Stanley Park welcomes the news.

Chairman Elaine Smith said: “The council have spoken to us about the scheme and we think it’s a very good idea.

It won’t be taking over green space, it will be built on brown space.

It could be a good thing for encouraging more people to use the park and of course some of the money raised will go back into the park.

“We are happy with anything which improves facilities at the park, without taking up green space.”

 

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