THE latest battery-powered motorboats are part of a new fleet of vessels launched on Stanley Park boating lake.
Blackpool Parks Ltd, which operates all the concessions at the park, has invested in 32 new boats which also include Union Jack-decorated rowing boats and swan paddle boats.
A further 12 boats are due to be added to the fleet later this year.
Resort mayor Coun Sylvia Taylor and Blackpool FC assistant manager Steve Thompson were among the first aboard when the whole flotilla took to the waters for the first time.
Managing director of Blackpool Parks Ltd Hagop Tchobanian said: “Stanley Park Lake has long been the main attraction in the park and these new hybrid boats are both visually attractive and create a far more sustainable experience for visitors to the lake and the lake’s inhabitants.
“The battery operated motor boats create no noise or fumes so they are a really green alternative. The rowing boats have been decorated with the Union Jack for the Jubilee, while the swan paddle boats are also really brightly coloured.
“We are very excited about all the improvements to Stanley Park and overall increasing the visitor experience and have been working very closely with Blackpool Council.”
The latest investment follows on from the arrival of 10 bumper boats launched two years ago, and a number of hamster ball-style water walkers introduced on the lake last year.
The new hybrid boats will replace the current rowing and motorboats, which have been used on the lake since the 1960s.
Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and culture, welcomed the investment.
He said: “Stanley Park is a fantastic place for all the family and to have a new set of boats for people to enjoy is a massive boost.
“We work very closely with Blackpool Parks, as we do with all companies who run services in Blackpool, and I’m really happy they have gone the extra mile to help us improve our parks offer to residents and visitors.
“I think these boats will be really popular.
“Not only are the electric boats greener, they are also quieter and easier for people to use, which is a massive bonus.”
To celebrate the launch of the boats, Blackpool Parks is also making donations to the Mayor’s charities.
The boating lake at Stanley Park is open every day weather permitting.