Plan for £320k park adventure course

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A stroll round the park is usually a fairly relaxed and tranquil pastime.

But Blackpool’s Stanley Park is a step closer to providing its visitors with the kind of adrenaline rush more 
normally associated with a theme park.

Detailed plans have now been submitted for a high rope adventure course alongside Blackpool Sports Centre.

The council, which first 
revealed the proposal in January, wants to borrow £320,000 to set up the new facility.

It would be built on land currently being used as a temporary overflow car park but which previously was the site for the council’s greenhouses.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: “The high ropes course is a 
development which will add an exciting new dimension to Stanley Park.

“I am sure many 
people will already be looking forward to trying it out and, subject to planning permission, work will begin soon. Most people will know how popular these types of courses are around the country and I’m sure it will be a 
welcome addition.

“The course will be part of a wider outdoor activities offer across the park which will be a real boost and provide more to do for young people, families and residents and visitors alike.”

A design brief accompanying the plans says this area “is already the main sport and activity based area of the park with the sports centre, athletics arena, cricket pitch, all weather sports pitches and children’s playground all within close proximity.”

It adds: “The selection of this area also avoids any 
potential conflicts with more sensitive heritage or conservation zones currently within the park.”

The Blackpool scheme will have a low course and higher course to accommodate different ability levels and ages, and a zip wire.

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

The proposal will now go before planners for