Boscombe’s coastal activity park opens for Easter holidays with events taking place all weekend

BIG ON BOULDERS: Jeremy Pittwood tries out a new activity with friend Ayrton Legris, right

BIG ON BOULDERS: Jeremy Pittwood tries out a new activity with friend Ayrton Legris, right

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INTREPID explorers have been getting to grips with Boscombe’s latest attraction.

Youngsters have been testing-out the newly-installed boulders at Boscombe Beach, which will be officially opened today at the launch of the Coastal Activity Park.

The attraction promises to provide a range of activities for locals and visitors, including slacklining, paddle-boarding and boulder climbing.

The project is also set to bring new life to the failed £3million surf reef, which will now be used for diving and snorkelling, as well as kitesurfing and windsurfing.

To celebrate the launch, a range of free activities and entertainment will be on offer along the seafront from 5pm today. A spokesman from the park said: “We’re hoping there will be a real carnival atmosphere.

“There will be people walking around on stilts and performing circus tricks and we’ll have a steel drum band and a barbecue.”

“We’re expecting lots of people to come down.”

On Sunday, the fun continues from 11am, with more circus acts, sports demonstrations, dance performers and life-guarding and rescue stunts. The park has been co-funded by Bournemouth Borough Council and a grant from central government.

Cllr Lawrence Williams, Bournemouth council’s cabinet member for tourism, said: “This will be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come and see our Coastal Activity Park; there’ll be something for every age and sports ability.

“We are planning a fun, carnival-like atmosphere on the Saturday night, with entertainment for all the family, while the Sunday will provide lots of opportunities to spectate or participate, depending on what you fancy doing.”

Cllr Williams added: “The day will give the ideal opportunity for everyone to come and experience the Coastal Activity Park’s new equipment, to come and see water sports displays, try out the new table-tennis tables, gym buddy trail, have a go at slack-lining, enjoy volleyball competitions – it’s a real chance to discover what is available year round at the new Coastal Activity Park at Bos-combe seafront.”

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9:32am Sat 12 Apr 14

KermitTFrog says...

Why has the good news at the link below not been shared with echo readers?


http://m.bbc.co.uk/n
ews/uk-england-dorse
t-26992567
Why has the good news at the link below not been shared with echo readers? http://m.bbc.co.uk/n ews/uk-england-dorse t-26992567 KermitTFrog
  • Score: 2

9:53am Sat 12 Apr 14

Carolyn43 says...

As far as I know the word "repair" means restore. Has anyone noticed the giant sandbags being filled and lowered in to position to restore the "reef" to how it was when it was originally finished? Or have the damaged bags just been removed or washed away by the winter storms, leaving the great gap in the middle shown in previous aerial photographs.
......
Time another aerial shot was taken so we can see if it has actually been repaired or if the council is just putting spin on it and trying to make the best they can of what's left to persuade us that it wasn't actually a totally waste of money and a con.
As far as I know the word "repair" means restore. Has anyone noticed the giant sandbags being filled and lowered in to position to restore the "reef" to how it was when it was originally finished? Or have the damaged bags just been removed or washed away by the winter storms, leaving the great gap in the middle shown in previous aerial photographs. ...... Time another aerial shot was taken so we can see if it has actually been repaired or if the council is just putting spin on it and trying to make the best they can of what's left to persuade us that it wasn't actually a totally waste of money and a con. Carolyn43
  • Score: 8

10:57am Sat 12 Apr 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

So according to Mark Smith, Head of Tourism for Bournemouth Borough Council the surf reef has reinvented itself into venue for diving and snorkelling, as well as kitesurfing and windsurfing. So if that fails what's it going to become a skate park ?

Just be honest the surf reef failed miserably.The council tax payers have lost their money and the hiearchy wants to save face.

Could you right a book on this lot ? i think you could.
So according to Mark Smith, Head of Tourism for Bournemouth Borough Council the surf reef has reinvented itself into venue for diving and snorkelling, as well as kitesurfing and windsurfing. So if that fails what's it going to become a skate park ? Just be honest the surf reef failed miserably.The council tax payers have lost their money and the hiearchy wants to save face. Could you right a book on this lot ? i think you could. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 20

11:40am Sat 12 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

Don't most savvy places scuttle a redundant ship in deep water to provide a sunken wreck for diving enthusiasts and similar activities - presumably this would not cost anything like the £3million (and now all the rest) which taxpayers have paid for this pathetically rebranded 'Coastal Park' plastic rocks and rotting old useless sandbags fiasco.
Don't most savvy places scuttle a redundant ship in deep water to provide a sunken wreck for diving enthusiasts and similar activities - presumably this would not cost anything like the £3million (and now all the rest) which taxpayers have paid for this pathetically rebranded 'Coastal Park' plastic rocks and rotting old useless sandbags fiasco. muscliffman
  • Score: 8

12:53pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Bob49 says...

Why doesn't the Echo actually ask a few questions then tell us why the council will not answer.

1. how much were the Hemingways paid and is there any future payments pending sales of the pods

2. how much was spent replenishing (only) that partof the beach last year - and given that it all has noe washed away how freequent will these replenishments be ?

3. how much does it cost to leave the lights blazing away all night when the pods shut at 12pm and no one is there through the winter, and why ?

The idea that this failure could become some multi purpose sports venue is absurd. Just as absurd as the councils response to the lack of parking - surfers could park in Boscombe town centre and take themselves and their boards down to the front on the bus (I kid you not).

I think that if (and when) the true cost of this scam, and the full liabilities are known there will be far more uproar that there is now.

If there is nothing to hide to hide why is the council refusing to answer. It is OUR money and they SHOULD be acting on our behalf. They were quick to tell us how Boscombe was going to be the new Sandbanks and how it would generate 10,000 surf visits and 90 new jobs - now tell us how much it has cost/lost and how much it will continue to lose.
Why doesn't the Echo actually ask a few questions then tell us why the council will not answer. 1. how much were the Hemingways paid and is there any future payments pending sales of the pods 2. how much was spent replenishing (only) that partof the beach last year - and given that it all has noe washed away how freequent will these replenishments be ? 3. how much does it cost to leave the lights blazing away all night when the pods shut at 12pm and no one is there through the winter, and why ? The idea that this failure could become some multi purpose sports venue is absurd. Just as absurd as the councils response to the lack of parking - surfers could park in Boscombe town centre and take themselves and their boards down to the front on the bus (I kid you not). I think that if (and when) the true cost of this scam, and the full liabilities are known there will be far more uproar that there is now. If there is nothing to hide to hide why is the council refusing to answer. It is OUR money and they SHOULD be acting on our behalf. They were quick to tell us how Boscombe was going to be the new Sandbanks and how it would generate 10,000 surf visits and 90 new jobs - now tell us how much it has cost/lost and how much it will continue to lose. Bob49
  • Score: 8

1:41pm Sat 12 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

I guess very shortly it will cease to be used, and will become the Coastal Redundant Activity Park, or CRAP, like everything else the council has done in the area.....
I guess very shortly it will cease to be used, and will become the Coastal Redundant Activity Park, or CRAP, like everything else the council has done in the area..... speedy231278
  • Score: 12

1:53pm Sat 12 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

muscliffman wrote:
Don't most savvy places scuttle a redundant ship in deep water to provide a sunken wreck for diving enthusiasts and similar activities - presumably this would not cost anything like the £3million (and now all the rest) which taxpayers have paid for this pathetically rebranded 'Coastal Park' plastic rocks and rotting old useless sandbags fiasco.
Perhaps we could scuttle the council, or maybe dump the Twin Fails Bodge in there?
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Don't most savvy places scuttle a redundant ship in deep water to provide a sunken wreck for diving enthusiasts and similar activities - presumably this would not cost anything like the £3million (and now all the rest) which taxpayers have paid for this pathetically rebranded 'Coastal Park' plastic rocks and rotting old useless sandbags fiasco.[/p][/quote]Perhaps we could scuttle the council, or maybe dump the Twin Fails Bodge in there? speedy231278
  • Score: 5

5:52pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Phixer says...

Bob49 wrote:
Why doesn't the Echo actually ask a few questions then tell us why the council will not answer.

1. how much were the Hemingways paid and is there any future payments pending sales of the pods

2. how much was spent replenishing (only) that partof the beach last year - and given that it all has noe washed away how freequent will these replenishments be ?

3. how much does it cost to leave the lights blazing away all night when the pods shut at 12pm and no one is there through the winter, and why ?

The idea that this failure could become some multi purpose sports venue is absurd. Just as absurd as the councils response to the lack of parking - surfers could park in Boscombe town centre and take themselves and their boards down to the front on the bus (I kid you not).

I think that if (and when) the true cost of this scam, and the full liabilities are known there will be far more uproar that there is now.

If there is nothing to hide to hide why is the council refusing to answer. It is OUR money and they SHOULD be acting on our behalf. They were quick to tell us how Boscombe was going to be the new Sandbanks and how it would generate 10,000 surf visits and 90 new jobs - now tell us how much it has cost/lost and how much it will continue to lose.
Bob49 wrote:
"Just as absurd as the councils response to the lack of parking - surfers could park in Boscombe town centre and take themselves and their boards down to the front on the bus (I kid you not)."

Well, if someone were to leave a tap running at the top of Sea Road, the surfers could surf down the road.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: Why doesn't the Echo actually ask a few questions then tell us why the council will not answer. 1. how much were the Hemingways paid and is there any future payments pending sales of the pods 2. how much was spent replenishing (only) that partof the beach last year - and given that it all has noe washed away how freequent will these replenishments be ? 3. how much does it cost to leave the lights blazing away all night when the pods shut at 12pm and no one is there through the winter, and why ? The idea that this failure could become some multi purpose sports venue is absurd. Just as absurd as the councils response to the lack of parking - surfers could park in Boscombe town centre and take themselves and their boards down to the front on the bus (I kid you not). I think that if (and when) the true cost of this scam, and the full liabilities are known there will be far more uproar that there is now. If there is nothing to hide to hide why is the council refusing to answer. It is OUR money and they SHOULD be acting on our behalf. They were quick to tell us how Boscombe was going to be the new Sandbanks and how it would generate 10,000 surf visits and 90 new jobs - now tell us how much it has cost/lost and how much it will continue to lose.[/p][/quote]Bob49 wrote: "Just as absurd as the councils response to the lack of parking - surfers could park in Boscombe town centre and take themselves and their boards down to the front on the bus (I kid you not)." Well, if someone were to leave a tap running at the top of Sea Road, the surfers could surf down the road. Phixer
  • Score: 2

5:59pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Phixer says...

KermitTFrog wrote:
Why has the good news at the link below not been shared with echo readers?


http://m.bbc.co.uk/n

ews/uk-england-dorse

t-26992567
Don't you just love the way that the Beesley Borough Council photo promoting a surf festival is nowhere near the reef - it's to the west of Bournemouth Pier!
[quote][p][bold]KermitTFrog[/bold] wrote: Why has the good news at the link below not been shared with echo readers? http://m.bbc.co.uk/n ews/uk-england-dorse t-26992567[/p][/quote]Don't you just love the way that the Beesley Borough Council photo promoting a surf festival is nowhere near the reef - it's to the west of Bournemouth Pier! Phixer
  • Score: 5

5:35pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Lucky Rich says...

Coastal activity park. :-0......blimey.
Coastal activity park. :-0......blimey. Lucky Rich
  • Score: 0

9:10pm Sun 13 Apr 14

GeorgeW64 says...

Why is there a giant dog turd by Boscombe pier ?
Why is there a giant dog turd by Boscombe pier ? GeorgeW64
  • Score: -1

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