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Visitors welcome new attractions at Coastal Activity Park

Bournemouth Echo: Visitors welcome new attractions at Coastal Activity Park Visitors welcome new attractions at Coastal Activity Park

THOUSANDS of beach-goers flocked to Boscombe for the opening weekend of the Coastal Activity Park.

A jam-packed schedule of activities ensured the sands were thronging with visitors enjoying the warm weather and the new attractions on offer.

Saturday evening saw free play for all, with activities including table tennis, bouldering, slack lining, volley ball tournaments, circus skills and fire demonstrations as well as stilt walking and juggling.

A fireworks display off Boscombe Pier that night heralded the end of a successful Saturday before sunny skies on Sunday saw thousands more enjoy the events. Children clambered over the specially installed boulders while onlookers marvelled at the jetpack demonstrations and had a chance at trying out some musical instruments at Boscombe Pier.

A variety of demonstrations included beach lifeguarding, handball, beach lacrosse and an appearance from the Newfoundland Dog Display Team.

The show-stopping dogs performed a ‘rescue’ of Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood from the sea, and brought him back to shore as part of a demo in the afternoon.

Tobias said: “This is amazing. I have been very keen to work with the council and get funds for this.

“This spot is Bournemouth’s trump card. The more we can do to encourage a multitude of experiences and promote them, just shows why people want to come here. We are justifying why we are the best seaside resort in Britain.”

A spokesperson for Bournemouth council said: “It’s been brilliant; the weather has been a real bonus.

“The crowds were massive on Saturday night and it’s been a great way to start the season.”

Cllr Lawrence Williams, Bournemouth council’s cabinet member for tourism, added: “I’m delighted. Everybody I have spoken to has been really supportive and says what a wonderful facility it is.

“To see it this busy before Easter weekend as well is great.”

'We will be back' say impressed visitors

Carlie Huggett, 11, from Muscliff said: “I really like it. The rock climbing is great.

"I can't wait to come back again."

Her cousin Ellie Purton, said: “It’s really good fun. The boulders are my favourite thing to do. There’s lots of people here.”

Derek Huggett said: “They are having a lovely time. It’s a great day. We’ll definitely come back again.”

Tracey Blackhan, who was there with son Oscar, said: “We haven’t been here for ages but I think it will encourage a lot more people down here.”

“I can’t wait to come back again.”

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6:23am Mon 14 Apr 14

Baywolf says...

Yes a great event to cover the millions wasted on the reef but again the council throws it's money on the beach..great we have a fantastic beach..but what if it rains and it does what then given climate change. Yes we enjoy a hot spell but can it be guaranteed? We have some disaster summers sometimes . The point I'm suggesting is that Bournemouth and not the surrounding areas should look at an indoor all weather attraction for the town centre other than cinemas and fast food chains..an Ice Rink and an Indoor swimming Pool , we had both once when the town was great. But you closed down both as there wasn't a public demand for either. Shame that Ice shows Ice Hockey Dancing on Ice ..the Water Shows.. Diving ..You know family and fun activities to do when it rains..in the town centre for everyone other than getting fat and drunk.
Yes a great event to cover the millions wasted on the reef but again the council throws it's money on the beach..great we have a fantastic beach..but what if it rains and it does what then given climate change. Yes we enjoy a hot spell but can it be guaranteed? We have some disaster summers sometimes . The point I'm suggesting is that Bournemouth and not the surrounding areas should look at an indoor all weather attraction for the town centre other than cinemas and fast food chains..an Ice Rink and an Indoor swimming Pool , we had both once when the town was great. But you closed down both as there wasn't a public demand for either. Shame that Ice shows Ice Hockey Dancing on Ice ..the Water Shows.. Diving ..You know family and fun activities to do when it rains..in the town centre for everyone other than getting fat and drunk. Baywolf
  • Score: -2

6:43am Mon 14 Apr 14

jobsworthwatch says...

Baywolf wrote:
Yes a great event to cover the millions wasted on the reef but again the council throws it's money on the beach..great we have a fantastic beach..but what if it rains and it does what then given climate change. Yes we enjoy a hot spell but can it be guaranteed? We have some disaster summers sometimes . The point I'm suggesting is that Bournemouth and not the surrounding areas should look at an indoor all weather attraction for the town centre other than cinemas and fast food chains..an Ice Rink and an Indoor swimming Pool , we had both once when the town was great. But you closed down both as there wasn't a public demand for either. Shame that Ice shows Ice Hockey Dancing on Ice ..the Water Shows.. Diving ..You know family and fun activities to do when it rains..in the town centre for everyone other than getting fat and drunk.
The Imax was an all weather attraction. The council need to come to terms with the fact that families go to Spain for their holidays rather than risk the vagaries of a British summer.
[quote][p][bold]Baywolf[/bold] wrote: Yes a great event to cover the millions wasted on the reef but again the council throws it's money on the beach..great we have a fantastic beach..but what if it rains and it does what then given climate change. Yes we enjoy a hot spell but can it be guaranteed? We have some disaster summers sometimes . The point I'm suggesting is that Bournemouth and not the surrounding areas should look at an indoor all weather attraction for the town centre other than cinemas and fast food chains..an Ice Rink and an Indoor swimming Pool , we had both once when the town was great. But you closed down both as there wasn't a public demand for either. Shame that Ice shows Ice Hockey Dancing on Ice ..the Water Shows.. Diving ..You know family and fun activities to do when it rains..in the town centre for everyone other than getting fat and drunk.[/p][/quote]The Imax was an all weather attraction. The council need to come to terms with the fact that families go to Spain for their holidays rather than risk the vagaries of a British summer. jobsworthwatch
  • Score: 0

8:33am Mon 14 Apr 14

rozmister says...

Baywolf wrote:
Yes a great event to cover the millions wasted on the reef but again the council throws it's money on the beach..great we have a fantastic beach..but what if it rains and it does what then given climate change. Yes we enjoy a hot spell but can it be guaranteed? We have some disaster summers sometimes . The point I'm suggesting is that Bournemouth and not the surrounding areas should look at an indoor all weather attraction for the town centre other than cinemas and fast food chains..an Ice Rink and an Indoor swimming Pool , we had both once when the town was great. But you closed down both as there wasn't a public demand for either. Shame that Ice shows Ice Hockey Dancing on Ice ..the Water Shows.. Diving ..You know family and fun activities to do when it rains..in the town centre for everyone other than getting fat and drunk.
They're putting some all weather attraction in the old pier theatre...
[quote][p][bold]Baywolf[/bold] wrote: Yes a great event to cover the millions wasted on the reef but again the council throws it's money on the beach..great we have a fantastic beach..but what if it rains and it does what then given climate change. Yes we enjoy a hot spell but can it be guaranteed? We have some disaster summers sometimes . The point I'm suggesting is that Bournemouth and not the surrounding areas should look at an indoor all weather attraction for the town centre other than cinemas and fast food chains..an Ice Rink and an Indoor swimming Pool , we had both once when the town was great. But you closed down both as there wasn't a public demand for either. Shame that Ice shows Ice Hockey Dancing on Ice ..the Water Shows.. Diving ..You know family and fun activities to do when it rains..in the town centre for everyone other than getting fat and drunk.[/p][/quote]They're putting some all weather attraction in the old pier theatre... rozmister
  • Score: 1

8:54am Mon 14 Apr 14

billy bumble says...

What a negative bunch you are

I am the first to condemn the Council but this is a good idea at modest cost as these things go
What a negative bunch you are I am the first to condemn the Council but this is a good idea at modest cost as these things go billy bumble
  • Score: 4

9:16am Mon 14 Apr 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Now there's a surprise.With the elections looming, Tobias show's up otherwise he wouldn't be seen !
Now there's a surprise.With the elections looming, Tobias show's up otherwise he wouldn't be seen ! politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 9

9:22am Mon 14 Apr 14

Branksome snail says...

What frustraits me is the badging of this as some sort of Activity Park. Its NOT an Activity Park. The reef is non existent and now they spin it as some sort of entertainment mecca. A table tennis table and stilt walkers is not an Activity Park. Christmas Night Time Spectacular = stilt walkers and fire eaters. Airshow Night Time Spectacular - stilt walkers and fire eaters. Absolute tat, being spun as some great thing.
What frustraits me is the badging of this as some sort of Activity Park. Its NOT an Activity Park. The reef is non existent and now they spin it as some sort of entertainment mecca. A table tennis table and stilt walkers is not an Activity Park. Christmas Night Time Spectacular = stilt walkers and fire eaters. Airshow Night Time Spectacular - stilt walkers and fire eaters. Absolute tat, being spun as some great thing. Branksome snail
  • Score: 11

9:26am Mon 14 Apr 14

Branksome snail says...

volley ball, circus skills, fire eaters. All removable objects. They are all going to be down there every day then are they? Even as tat the idea of a "park" is a non removable object
volley ball, circus skills, fire eaters. All removable objects. They are all going to be down there every day then are they? Even as tat the idea of a "park" is a non removable object Branksome snail
  • Score: 11

9:55am Mon 14 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

rozmister wrote:
Baywolf wrote:
Yes a great event to cover the millions wasted on the reef but again the council throws it's money on the beach..great we have a fantastic beach..but what if it rains and it does what then given climate change. Yes we enjoy a hot spell but can it be guaranteed? We have some disaster summers sometimes . The point I'm suggesting is that Bournemouth and not the surrounding areas should look at an indoor all weather attraction for the town centre other than cinemas and fast food chains..an Ice Rink and an Indoor swimming Pool , we had both once when the town was great. But you closed down both as there wasn't a public demand for either. Shame that Ice shows Ice Hockey Dancing on Ice ..the Water Shows.. Diving ..You know family and fun activities to do when it rains..in the town centre for everyone other than getting fat and drunk.
They're putting some all weather attraction in the old pier theatre...
You say "They're putting some all weather attraction in the old pier theatre..." that sounds about right, because when the rain is lashing down and the wind is blowing a gale of course the end of a Pier is the first place the tourists are going to think of heading!

But if only all the vast sums of public money this Council has spent at Boscombe had been used wisely, then we might have had something truly magnificent to be proud of over there. The undeniable fact is, we have not.
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baywolf[/bold] wrote: Yes a great event to cover the millions wasted on the reef but again the council throws it's money on the beach..great we have a fantastic beach..but what if it rains and it does what then given climate change. Yes we enjoy a hot spell but can it be guaranteed? We have some disaster summers sometimes . The point I'm suggesting is that Bournemouth and not the surrounding areas should look at an indoor all weather attraction for the town centre other than cinemas and fast food chains..an Ice Rink and an Indoor swimming Pool , we had both once when the town was great. But you closed down both as there wasn't a public demand for either. Shame that Ice shows Ice Hockey Dancing on Ice ..the Water Shows.. Diving ..You know family and fun activities to do when it rains..in the town centre for everyone other than getting fat and drunk.[/p][/quote]They're putting some all weather attraction in the old pier theatre...[/p][/quote]You say "They're putting some all weather attraction in the old pier theatre..." that sounds about right, because when the rain is lashing down and the wind is blowing a gale of course the end of a Pier is the first place the tourists are going to think of heading! But if only all the vast sums of public money this Council has spent at Boscombe had been used wisely, then we might have had something truly magnificent to be proud of over there. The undeniable fact is, we have not. muscliffman
  • Score: 5

10:09am Mon 14 Apr 14

Old Colonial says...

billy bumble wrote:
What a negative bunch you are

I am the first to condemn the Council but this is a good idea at modest cost as these things go
Well, if you consider a minimum of 3 million pounds (of your money if you live in Bournemouth) as 'modest', you must have very deep pockets.
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: What a negative bunch you are I am the first to condemn the Council but this is a good idea at modest cost as these things go[/p][/quote]Well, if you consider a minimum of 3 million pounds (of your money if you live in Bournemouth) as 'modest', you must have very deep pockets. Old Colonial
  • Score: 3

10:19am Mon 14 Apr 14

PaulRaffle says...

The surf reef area has now been changed to a snorkelling area. I guess the water in that area needs to be fairly calm for people to enjoy it. Does that show that the original choice of that area as suitable for use as a surf reef was therefore in the wrong place, and could never have been suitable.? Only asking, don't know the answer.
The surf reef area has now been changed to a snorkelling area. I guess the water in that area needs to be fairly calm for people to enjoy it. Does that show that the original choice of that area as suitable for use as a surf reef was therefore in the wrong place, and could never have been suitable.? Only asking, don't know the answer. PaulRaffle
  • Score: 6

10:25am Mon 14 Apr 14

NickTheGreekinBmth says...

At last - a piece in the Echo about boscombe beach that talks to normal people who have actually been there to have a look and experience what's going on. And guess what - they're all saying they loved it! You can be very sure that if there was any negative comment, the Echo would have featured it! None of depresing so and sos commenting above mention having been down there to see what's on offer now, they're just harping on about the same old thing as usual . Look forward, people, not back!
At last - a piece in the Echo about boscombe beach that talks to normal people who have actually been there to have a look and experience what's going on. And guess what - they're all saying they loved it! You can be very sure that if there was any negative comment, the Echo would have featured it! None of depresing so and sos commenting above mention having been down there to see what's on offer now, they're just harping on about the same old thing as usual . Look forward, people, not back! NickTheGreekinBmth
  • Score: 8

10:53am Mon 14 Apr 14

Baysider says...

What a terrible shame those lovely dogs rescued Tobias from the sea. If they'd have left him there I don't think anyone would have noticed for many, many months.

In fact stick a blue rosette on one of those dogs and it would still get voted in and, if we're honest probably do a better job than the current invisible occupant of that role.
What a terrible shame those lovely dogs rescued Tobias from the sea. If they'd have left him there I don't think anyone would have noticed for many, many months. In fact stick a blue rosette on one of those dogs and it would still get voted in and, if we're honest probably do a better job than the current invisible occupant of that role. Baysider
  • Score: -5

11:20am Mon 14 Apr 14

TheDistrict says...

Tobias Ellwood in town, twice in a space of a week or so. Once with the Tardis, who didnt whisk off to same future space dimension, and now being rescued from the waves off Boscombe. Two chances wasted.

As for the "Coastal Activity Park", (a park being an enclosed area of any size), it may have been at a minimal cost, but we must remember the £12.6m spent on this area in relation to the proposed Surf Reef (cost in itself of £3.2m). This money has still been wasted, regardless of what the Beesley Beach Boys do about it. It has not been resolved and the fault, personal, is still out there.

There are still the Pods that were purposely built to run along side the Surf Reef. At the beginning not many if any were taken, because no running water, and one was not allowed to stay over night. If the Beesley Bunch were to put some money into the pods, adding hot and cold water, electricity, etc, they would no doubt be a long list of potential renters, short and long term.

This maybe a beginning, but there is still a long way to go to recoup the vast costs of the original plans.
Tobias Ellwood in town, twice in a space of a week or so. Once with the Tardis, who didnt whisk off to same future space dimension, and now being rescued from the waves off Boscombe. Two chances wasted. As for the "Coastal Activity Park", (a park being an enclosed area of any size), it may have been at a minimal cost, but we must remember the £12.6m spent on this area in relation to the proposed Surf Reef (cost in itself of £3.2m). This money has still been wasted, regardless of what the Beesley Beach Boys do about it. It has not been resolved and the fault, personal, is still out there. There are still the Pods that were purposely built to run along side the Surf Reef. At the beginning not many if any were taken, because no running water, and one was not allowed to stay over night. If the Beesley Bunch were to put some money into the pods, adding hot and cold water, electricity, etc, they would no doubt be a long list of potential renters, short and long term. This maybe a beginning, but there is still a long way to go to recoup the vast costs of the original plans. TheDistrict
  • Score: 3

11:42am Mon 14 Apr 14

BmthNewshound says...

Of course this weekend would be popular because visitors didn't have to dip their hands in their pockets and were offered "FREE" entertainment and activities. But will it be as popular when people have to start paying for activities ?. The beach has always been the jewel in Bournemouth's crown - unspoilt, safe and free to use. But now the Council appear determined to ruin the one thing that draws visitors to Bournemouth. Sections of beach sectioned off by the pier to create a health & safety exclusion zone for the zip-wire attraction and no doubt similar sections will be cordoned off around the "activity park".
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The beach used to provide a cheap day out for the family. The Council needs to be very careful that its ongoing commercial exploitation doesn't drive families away because they are constantly being pestered by the kids to spend money.
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The Winter Gardens site would have provided an excellent location for an activity park with both indoor and outdoor attractions but as ever Bournemouth Council would rather hand the site over to property developers than use Council owned land to create a much needed all weather attraction.
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Of course this weekend would be popular because visitors didn't have to dip their hands in their pockets and were offered "FREE" entertainment and activities. But will it be as popular when people have to start paying for activities ?. The beach has always been the jewel in Bournemouth's crown - unspoilt, safe and free to use. But now the Council appear determined to ruin the one thing that draws visitors to Bournemouth. Sections of beach sectioned off by the pier to create a health & safety exclusion zone for the zip-wire attraction and no doubt similar sections will be cordoned off around the "activity park". . The beach used to provide a cheap day out for the family. The Council needs to be very careful that its ongoing commercial exploitation doesn't drive families away because they are constantly being pestered by the kids to spend money. . The Winter Gardens site would have provided an excellent location for an activity park with both indoor and outdoor attractions but as ever Bournemouth Council would rather hand the site over to property developers than use Council owned land to create a much needed all weather attraction. . BmthNewshound
  • Score: 7

12:31pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Bob49 says...

NickTheGreekinBmth wrote:
At last - a piece in the Echo about boscombe beach that talks to normal people who have actually been there to have a look and experience what's going on. And guess what - they're all saying they loved it! You can be very sure that if there was any negative comment, the Echo would have featured it! None of depresing so and sos commenting above mention having been down there to see what's on offer now, they're just harping on about the same old thing as usual . Look forward, people, not back!
Those that have 'experienced what is going on' will know that the beach opposite the disintegrating reef has yet again been wshed away .... and is ocoevered in shingle/pebbles. That the beach can be almost deserted in the summer as visitors use the safe beaches and bathing area further towards Southbourne. A wonderful legay of millions upon millions wasted - yje place isn't safe to visit ! Thta's why we keep having these costly 'extravagances'.

As to looking forqard then commentators were also looking forwqard when they were assured by the council of 10,000 surf visits and 90 new jobs in the future, were looking forward when they questioned the suppposed 'tweaking' of the reef to make it work and likewise when the council claimed that lowering the price of the pods would mean more sales (not). It was to be the new Sandbanks, was it not ?

Simply regurgitating council spin is not looking forward, it is not looking anyway - merely a case of burying your head in the sand and remaining in denial of the huge and costly problems this failure has bought

As to the rest of us looking forward from here, then yes. Looking forward to the Daily Echo doing it's job and asking the council to explain how much money has been spent/wasted on that part of the town.

Look forward to the day that those involved from the council are finally held to account over this huge loss of money and failed project.

Until then we shall have to amuse ourselves with what little there is down there of any worth - your head buried in the sand.
[quote][p][bold]NickTheGreekinBmth[/bold] wrote: At last - a piece in the Echo about boscombe beach that talks to normal people who have actually been there to have a look and experience what's going on. And guess what - they're all saying they loved it! You can be very sure that if there was any negative comment, the Echo would have featured it! None of depresing so and sos commenting above mention having been down there to see what's on offer now, they're just harping on about the same old thing as usual . Look forward, people, not back![/p][/quote]Those that have 'experienced what is going on' will know that the beach opposite the disintegrating reef has yet again been wshed away .... and is ocoevered in shingle/pebbles. That the beach can be almost deserted in the summer as visitors use the safe beaches and bathing area further towards Southbourne. A wonderful legay of millions upon millions wasted - yje place isn't safe to visit ! Thta's why we keep having these costly 'extravagances'. As to looking forqard then commentators were also looking forwqard when they were assured by the council of 10,000 surf visits and 90 new jobs in the future, were looking forward when they questioned the suppposed 'tweaking' of the reef to make it work and likewise when the council claimed that lowering the price of the pods would mean more sales (not). It was to be the new Sandbanks, was it not ? Simply regurgitating council spin is not looking forward, it is not looking anyway - merely a case of burying your head in the sand and remaining in denial of the huge and costly problems this failure has bought As to the rest of us looking forward from here, then yes. Looking forward to the Daily Echo doing it's job and asking the council to explain how much money has been spent/wasted on that part of the town. Look forward to the day that those involved from the council are finally held to account over this huge loss of money and failed project. Until then we shall have to amuse ourselves with what little there is down there of any worth - your head buried in the sand. Bob49
  • Score: 0

1:46pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Baysider says...

Bob49 wrote:
NickTheGreekinBmth wrote:
At last - a piece in the Echo about boscombe beach that talks to normal people who have actually been there to have a look and experience what's going on. And guess what - they're all saying they loved it! You can be very sure that if there was any negative comment, the Echo would have featured it! None of depresing so and sos commenting above mention having been down there to see what's on offer now, they're just harping on about the same old thing as usual . Look forward, people, not back!
Those that have 'experienced what is going on' will know that the beach opposite the disintegrating reef has yet again been wshed away .... and is ocoevered in shingle/pebbles. That the beach can be almost deserted in the summer as visitors use the safe beaches and bathing area further towards Southbourne. A wonderful legay of millions upon millions wasted - yje place isn't safe to visit ! Thta's why we keep having these costly 'extravagances'.

As to looking forqard then commentators were also looking forwqard when they were assured by the council of 10,000 surf visits and 90 new jobs in the future, were looking forward when they questioned the suppposed 'tweaking' of the reef to make it work and likewise when the council claimed that lowering the price of the pods would mean more sales (not). It was to be the new Sandbanks, was it not ?

Simply regurgitating council spin is not looking forward, it is not looking anyway - merely a case of burying your head in the sand and remaining in denial of the huge and costly problems this failure has bought

As to the rest of us looking forward from here, then yes. Looking forward to the Daily Echo doing it's job and asking the council to explain how much money has been spent/wasted on that part of the town.

Look forward to the day that those involved from the council are finally held to account over this huge loss of money and failed project.

Until then we shall have to amuse ourselves with what little there is down there of any worth - your head buried in the sand.
Absolute tosh. Have a look at the photo above for example. The beach opposite the reef is no more or no less covered in shingle than any other part and is always the busiest part after Bournemouth itself.

Another one rewriting the facts to suit his agenda...
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NickTheGreekinBmth[/bold] wrote: At last - a piece in the Echo about boscombe beach that talks to normal people who have actually been there to have a look and experience what's going on. And guess what - they're all saying they loved it! You can be very sure that if there was any negative comment, the Echo would have featured it! None of depresing so and sos commenting above mention having been down there to see what's on offer now, they're just harping on about the same old thing as usual . Look forward, people, not back![/p][/quote]Those that have 'experienced what is going on' will know that the beach opposite the disintegrating reef has yet again been wshed away .... and is ocoevered in shingle/pebbles. That the beach can be almost deserted in the summer as visitors use the safe beaches and bathing area further towards Southbourne. A wonderful legay of millions upon millions wasted - yje place isn't safe to visit ! Thta's why we keep having these costly 'extravagances'. As to looking forqard then commentators were also looking forwqard when they were assured by the council of 10,000 surf visits and 90 new jobs in the future, were looking forward when they questioned the suppposed 'tweaking' of the reef to make it work and likewise when the council claimed that lowering the price of the pods would mean more sales (not). It was to be the new Sandbanks, was it not ? Simply regurgitating council spin is not looking forward, it is not looking anyway - merely a case of burying your head in the sand and remaining in denial of the huge and costly problems this failure has bought As to the rest of us looking forward from here, then yes. Looking forward to the Daily Echo doing it's job and asking the council to explain how much money has been spent/wasted on that part of the town. Look forward to the day that those involved from the council are finally held to account over this huge loss of money and failed project. Until then we shall have to amuse ourselves with what little there is down there of any worth - your head buried in the sand.[/p][/quote]Absolute tosh. Have a look at the photo above for example. The beach opposite the reef is no more or no less covered in shingle than any other part and is always the busiest part after Bournemouth itself. Another one rewriting the facts to suit his agenda... Baysider
  • Score: 1

2:26pm Mon 14 Apr 14

icantthinkofausername says...

I've been reading the Echo for a while now, but never made a comment before and the reason why I decided to start is because I just couldn't believe all the negativism I read in the comments. I also comment for other newspapers and I have to say I've never seen so many negative comments specially in articles that don't require to be so rude or unfair. Let's see if I can help make the comments section a bit less bitter.
I've been reading the Echo for a while now, but never made a comment before and the reason why I decided to start is because I just couldn't believe all the negativism I read in the comments. I also comment for other newspapers and I have to say I've never seen so many negative comments specially in articles that don't require to be so rude or unfair. Let's see if I can help make the comments section a bit less bitter. icantthinkofausername
  • Score: 0

5:05pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Mike_French says...

billy bumble wrote:
What a negative bunch you are

I am the first to condemn the Council but this is a good idea at modest cost as these things go
At £3 Million it's a bargain, I'll take one!!
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: What a negative bunch you are I am the first to condemn the Council but this is a good idea at modest cost as these things go[/p][/quote]At £3 Million it's a bargain, I'll take one!! Mike_French
  • Score: -2

6:18pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Bob49 says...

" The beach opposite the reef is no more or no less covered in shingle than any other part and is always the busiest part after Bournemouth itself."

It is as you well know. That is why it had to be replenished last year.

As to the accuracy of there being no shingle,t or your absurd claim about being busy I leave it to others to see for themselves - and when they are there they can take a look at the boulders opposite the outflow pipe. After the costly replenishment they were coverded. They are know totally uncovered.... a drop of 3 feet ! Look at the volleyball post beside it and see how that drop has left it exposed to shingle.

Posting up carefully staged photos, as with the absurd surfing pic somewhile back, fools no one. Even the council submitted photo of surfing was of the OTHER SIDE of the pier, NOT the reef !

If the beach there was so popular then there would be no need to constantly spend large sums of money to drag visitors there. The place would be mobbed with surfers and those staying for the day in the surf pods.

As stated locals can see for themselves how bad the state of the beach is - and ask themselves jusy exactly how much has been lost there beside the £3m plus rotting on the seabed and the £2m plus lost in failed surf pod sales, never mind the council having to pay to fix the lights on the pier, replenish the beach, pay for the lifeguards and keep the lights blazing away all night on the surfpod building.

And as to the whinge about local taxpayers questioning where their money went, I would say as before. If you are so happy with what has happened to that money and happy with the future losses then I am quite happy for you to put your money where your mouth is and pay my share.

Maybe you could get the Daily Echo to take a photo of yopu and Baysider handing over your cheques to the council. I shall look forward to it.
" The beach opposite the reef is no more or no less covered in shingle than any other part and is always the busiest part after Bournemouth itself." It is as you well know. That is why it had to be replenished last year. As to the accuracy of there being no shingle,t or your absurd claim about being busy I leave it to others to see for themselves - and when they are there they can take a look at the boulders opposite the outflow pipe. After the costly replenishment they were coverded. They are know totally uncovered.... a drop of 3 feet ! Look at the volleyball post beside it and see how that drop has left it exposed to shingle. Posting up carefully staged photos, as with the absurd surfing pic somewhile back, fools no one. Even the council submitted photo of surfing was of the OTHER SIDE of the pier, NOT the reef ! If the beach there was so popular then there would be no need to constantly spend large sums of money to drag visitors there. The place would be mobbed with surfers and those staying for the day in the surf pods. As stated locals can see for themselves how bad the state of the beach is - and ask themselves jusy exactly how much has been lost there beside the £3m plus rotting on the seabed and the £2m plus lost in failed surf pod sales, never mind the council having to pay to fix the lights on the pier, replenish the beach, pay for the lifeguards and keep the lights blazing away all night on the surfpod building. And as to the whinge about local taxpayers questioning where their money went, I would say as before. If you are so happy with what has happened to that money and happy with the future losses then I am quite happy for you to put your money where your mouth is and pay my share. Maybe you could get the Daily Echo to take a photo of yopu and Baysider handing over your cheques to the council. I shall look forward to it. Bob49
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7:28pm Mon 14 Apr 14

echoreader2701 says...

icantthinkofausernam
e says...

I've been reading the Echo for a while now, but never made a comment before and the reason why I decided to start is because I just couldn't believe all the negativism I read in the comments. I also comment for other newspapers and I have to say I've never seen so many negative comments specially in articles that don't require to be so rude or unfair. Let's see if I can help make the comments section a bit less bitter


I did the same thing because of these continuous negative comments on almost every article. People arguing about the council, questioning peoples rights to say RIP to the poor fella found in the tree, people seriously need some positivity in their lives. When these poor people discover some real misery, maybe their persistent obsession with spreading bile on the net behind a computer screen may diminish and we can read an article without everyones bitterness.
icantthinkofausernam e says... I've been reading the Echo for a while now, but never made a comment before and the reason why I decided to start is because I just couldn't believe all the negativism I read in the comments. I also comment for other newspapers and I have to say I've never seen so many negative comments specially in articles that don't require to be so rude or unfair. Let's see if I can help make the comments section a bit less bitter I did the same thing because of these continuous negative comments on almost every article. People arguing about the council, questioning peoples rights to say RIP to the poor fella found in the tree, people seriously need some positivity in their lives. When these poor people discover some real misery, maybe their persistent obsession with spreading bile on the net behind a computer screen may diminish and we can read an article without everyones bitterness. echoreader2701
  • Score: 0

10:17am Tue 15 Apr 14

B Unit says...

Being one of the 'moaners', I did actually take the time to visit the 'park' on Sunday before work. Although it is slightly better than the expectations I had before it launched, it still seems to fall short of it's full potential, given the experience of those in charge of organising it (coastal recreation officers, as well as seafront business and contracts coordinator). It was busy down on the beach, but then again, beaches are usually busy when school holidays are sunny regardless of what is there.

There are a lot of pre-existing features of the 'park', and it sits wrong with me that they are only interested in promoting these now a new line of cash investment has come in, and been given the marketing/pr spin (outsourced to another company). If they are so good, why could they not have made a better push at promoting them before (e.g. Beach Volleyball after London 2012)?

The table tennis seems a good idea, until a stray ball hits a drunk sitting on the terrace below. Personal suggestion, have the table tennis spread along the seafront like the gym trail? And I still stand by my criticism to the gimmick gym trail equipment.

Also there seems to be no parameters or objectives to this park, and by that I mean how will we know if (big if) this will be successful, and how can you measure success? Return of investment? Increase of professional beach athletes? Pod Sales? And conversely, who do we hold accountable when it doesn't work out?

Lets see if I can beat my previous article comment score of -3!
Being one of the 'moaners', I did actually take the time to visit the 'park' on Sunday before work. Although it is slightly better than the expectations I had before it launched, it still seems to fall short of it's full potential, given the experience of those in charge of organising it (coastal recreation officers, as well as seafront business and contracts coordinator). It was busy down on the beach, but then again, beaches are usually busy when school holidays are sunny regardless of what is there. There are a lot of pre-existing features of the 'park', and it sits wrong with me that they are only interested in promoting these now a new line of cash investment has come in, and been given the marketing/pr spin (outsourced to another company). If they are so good, why could they not have made a better push at promoting them before (e.g. Beach Volleyball after London 2012)? The table tennis seems a good idea, until a stray ball hits a drunk sitting on the terrace below. Personal suggestion, have the table tennis spread along the seafront like the gym trail? And I still stand by my criticism to the gimmick gym trail equipment. Also there seems to be no parameters or objectives to this park, and by that I mean how will we know if (big if) this will be successful, and how can you measure success? Return of investment? Increase of professional beach athletes? Pod Sales? And conversely, who do we hold accountable when it doesn't work out? Lets see if I can beat my previous article comment score of -3! B Unit
  • Score: 1

11:23am Tue 15 Apr 14

Branksome snail says...

echoreader2701 wrote:
icantthinkofausernam e says... I've been reading the Echo for a while now, but never made a comment before and the reason why I decided to start is because I just couldn't believe all the negativism I read in the comments. I also comment for other newspapers and I have to say I've never seen so many negative comments specially in articles that don't require to be so rude or unfair. Let's see if I can help make the comments section a bit less bitter I did the same thing because of these continuous negative comments on almost every article. People arguing about the council, questioning peoples rights to say RIP to the poor fella found in the tree, people seriously need some positivity in their lives. When these poor people discover some real misery, maybe their persistent obsession with spreading bile on the net behind a computer screen may diminish and we can read an article without everyones bitterness.
Your missing the point. If they were putting double yellow lines outside your house you would, through freedom of speach, be allowed to comment upon it. If you were interested in an airshow story and liked the airshow, you could say so. Its a comments page. No-body is spreading bitterness, but we are all very angry about some issues, and very complementary about others. Your views are actually quite insulting. We all have both unimaginable misery in our lives, and moments of happiness. Does that forbid me from saying that the Boscombe Activity Park is not really a Park?
[quote][p][bold]echoreader2701[/bold] wrote: icantthinkofausernam e says... I've been reading the Echo for a while now, but never made a comment before and the reason why I decided to start is because I just couldn't believe all the negativism I read in the comments. I also comment for other newspapers and I have to say I've never seen so many negative comments specially in articles that don't require to be so rude or unfair. Let's see if I can help make the comments section a bit less bitter I did the same thing because of these continuous negative comments on almost every article. People arguing about the council, questioning peoples rights to say RIP to the poor fella found in the tree, people seriously need some positivity in their lives. When these poor people discover some real misery, maybe their persistent obsession with spreading bile on the net behind a computer screen may diminish and we can read an article without everyones bitterness.[/p][/quote]Your missing the point. If they were putting double yellow lines outside your house you would, through freedom of speach, be allowed to comment upon it. If you were interested in an airshow story and liked the airshow, you could say so. Its a comments page. No-body is spreading bitterness, but we are all very angry about some issues, and very complementary about others. Your views are actually quite insulting. We all have both unimaginable misery in our lives, and moments of happiness. Does that forbid me from saying that the Boscombe Activity Park is not really a Park? Branksome snail
  • Score: -1

6:07pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

People flock to Boscombe for its charm.
People flock to Boscombe for its charm. Yankee1
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