Plans unveiled for new outdoor play area at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre

Plans have been revealed for a brand new outdoor play area and crazy golf course at the award-winning Salt Ayre Leisure Centre.

Proposed new play area at Salt Ayre

Proposed new play area at Salt Ayre

Subject to planning permission, the new play area will be built on a redundant staff car park and grassed area at the front of the centre.

The playground is aimed at the under 8’s and promotes imaginative and co-operative play using the latest products to the market.

As well as traditional playground equipment including swings, slide, a see saw and trim trail, there will also be a roadway area for balance bikes and scooters. This area will help develop skills that can lead to learn to cycle programmes.

Both will be free, with no fee to pay, for children to enjoy, while there will be a small admission charge for the crazy golf course.

It’s the latest stage in a £5million project that started in 2016 to transform the centre with new and improved facilities, to extend and broaden its offer.

This has already seen the creation of an indoor soft play area, climbing wall, spa and revamped gym, which has seen the centre will win multiple awards for quality and innovation.

Another trophy could be added to the cabinet on Thursday, with the centre nominated in the regional club of the year category at the annual UK Active awards.

Coun Jean Parr, Cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “We’re all rightly very proud of the work that has already been undertaken at Salt Ayre, which in just a few short years has been transformed with spectacular new facilities.

“These proposed new outdoor areas are just part of the council’s continued investment in the centre to ensure it is a destination that the whole community can come along and enjoy.”

In total the new play areas and mini-golf course will cost around £100k to build. Subject to planning permission, it is hoped that it will be open by late summer.

The council has partnered with playground equipment specialist Kompan to deliver the project. The company is proud of its environmental credentials and is committed to using sustainable resources in its products, demonstrating the council’s commitment to the environment.

Last updated: 05 June 2019