10:00am Wednesday 19th December 2012
By Arron Hendy
CIVIC leaders meet today to decide whether or not to forge ahead with plans for a £3million coastal activity park at Boscombe Beach.
If built, the park would be the first of its kind in the UK and offer a “vigorous activity programme for children and adults.”
The attraction, boasting an outdoor public gym/trim trail and commercial dive centre, is part of Bournemouth’s ambitious plans to create a world-class seafront.
Bournemouth Borough Council cabinet members will discuss the proposal at the Town Hall this morning.
A report prepared for members by Mark Broderick, of the council’s programme and project management office, describes the proposal as an integral part of the National Coastal Tourism Academy.
It added: “The Coastal Activity Park will provide an innovative year-round, all-weather attraction based around the Bourne-mouth/Boscombe seafront.
“It will be designed for all, from elite sports people, developing athletes, new to sport, tourists and families.
“The main points of focus will be improving tourism and working with other services within Bournemouth Borough Council to expand on sports, leisure and arts projects and healthy-lifestyle projects.”
If given the go-ahead, the park will provide a host of activities including leisure snorkelling, a try-dive facility, beach areas for sport, an open water canoe programme and discovery trail, children’s activities, arts/music trail and beach lifeguard training programmes.
“The project will include schools, youth groups, disability target groups and contribute towards healthy lifestyle agendas and the GP referral scheme delivery,” stated the report.
It added: “There will be recreation offers for all to access – such as a family area near Urban Reef with swing ball, table tennis and children’s play equipment.
“We aim to make most activities inclusive and accessible to all.”
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