Ticket to slide as Water Park pieces arrive

Water park  Project Engineer Will Brown with the new water park pipes. pic Richard Ponter 160209a
Water park Project Engineer Will Brown with the new water park pipes. pic Richard Ponter 160209a

The slides have arrived on site as Scarborough’s £15 million Water Park continues to take shape.

Burniston Road car park is now home to pieces of the attraction, which will soon will be bolted together and craned into place.

The project rumbled on for years with it looking, at one point, like the scheme would remain a design in an architect’s sketchbook and nothing more.

But now the park is being constructed, with all those involved confident of an Easter opening.

Garry Barber, project manager for Benchmark Property Ltd, said: “The [slides] all shipped over in containers in pieces.

“They will be spread out on the [Burniston Road] car park and craned into place in four-metre segments.

“They will hopefully entertain the local children for years to come.”

Last year, Scarborough Council’s leader, Cllr Derek Bastiman, was forced to admit that there had been a three-month delay in the project and then another member of the council told a public meeting that a contractor on the construction had “gone under”, which would put the build in jeopardy.

Speaking after the comments were made Mr Barber said there had been a 13-week delay at the design stage, but this was now down to a six-week delay and he said that by Christmas the project would have caught up to its original scheduled opening of Easter 2016.

The contractor rumour was also confirmed as false.

The Water Park will be operated by German company Alpamare, one of the largest operators of leisure parks in Europe.

Once work has been completed on the Water Park and the attraction has opened work will be allowed to begin on the new cinema and restaurants on the former Atlantis site.

A planning application has also been submitted by Marston’s for a new pub at the entrance to Burniston Road car park.