Coastal Activity Park
The UK’s first multi-purpose Coastal Activity Park is coming to Boscombe seafront in Spring 2014. Building on the success of the award-winning Boscombe Spa Village regeneration project, the Park will provide a wealth of activities for everyone, whatever age or level of fitness.
The Park will develop in a series of stages, but will offer a range of new leisure opportunities for both residents and visitors to Boscombe beach. The zone starts at Toft Steps extending eastwards beyond Boscombe Pier, and will feature a continuous choice of activities as well as a multi-use sports area and national events site.
The Park will be operated by a team in Bournemouth Borough Council’s Seafront Operations department, and overseen by the National Coastal Tourism Academy.
“The new Park will provide a fantastic new attraction for Boscombe visitors and residents with something for everyone,” says David Collier, Coastal Activity Park manager.
“Boscombe has become increasingly popular with active beach-goers, by adding new facilities we hope they will be able to try new sports and enjoy exercising even more on one of the most beautiful stretches of UK coastline.
“There’s plenty of action for families with different climbing options, table-tennis, slack-lining and of course a host of water sports. For the first time, swimmers will be able to snorkel the reef and get up-close-and-personal with the marine life now populating it.
“We’ll also be offering a great events programme with national sports championships, triathlons, lifesaving events, concerts and much more,” he added.
A16-unit outdoor gym trail will run the length of the Park comprising 16 ‘gym buddies’ designed to give a full-body work-out, joggers will be rewarded with a marked running trail, walkers with a guided walking trail. Submerged rock pools will hug the beach groynes to provide a life-line for marine creatures, providing a unique opportunity for close observation.
For water sports fans, Bournemouth Surf School and Sorted Surf School will provide stand-up paddle-boarding, surfing, body-boarding and kayaking in water sports zones east and west of Boscombe Pier. A dedicated zone will be also be marked out for kite- and wind-surfers positioned at the start of the park.
The multi-use sports arena will offer space for a variety of sports. This multi-functional site will be capable of conversion into three volleyball courts, beach tennis courts, tchouk ball court or beach football pitch. Additional volleyball courts will be positioned at the far end of the park.
In addition to the four accessible beach huts, various accessible sports and activities will be offered for visitors with disabilities across the Park. Special beach-friendly wheelchairs are also available from the seafront offices.
Five major sporting events will feature at the national event site, including a regular triathlon series (swimming, cycling, running), beach rugby, Student National Volleyball Championships, National Surf Lifesaving Championships and a long swim event.