Fun to be had on city\'s park lakes
Fun to be had on city's park lakes
Local Solutions saw a great turnout for the official launch of its new community watersports initiative today at a beautiful and bustling Sefton Park lake.
In partnership with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool PCT and Glendale-Liverpool, pedalos are now for hire on the lakes of Sefton and Stanley Parks which will be available during the school holidays and week-ends.
Chief Executive, Steve Hawkins commented: “We are delighted to be involved in this project to animate the park lakes. Local Solutions has been operating watersports in Liverpool since 1979 and our focus has always been engagement; this is a fantastic opportunity to extend our reach into communities offering leisure and healthy activities.”
“The last time we had boats on our park lakes was in the mid-1970s and many people have very fond memories of them", said Councillor Peter Mitchell, the city council’s parks and open space champion. “In those days we had rowing boats but times have moved on and people are probably more used to pedalos these days.
He continued: “The Mayor, Joe Anderson, has made it one of his priorities to bring more life and animation into our parks and the pedalos are part of this drive. We have restored the lakes at Sefton and Stanley Parks and we want to make sure that they are used by as many people as possible.
Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool PCT, said: “This initiative supports the decade of health and well-being by being a fun way of getting some exercise.”
In addition to the pedalos there are other new ways of getting about the parks. A bicycle hire scheme run by Wheels for All, aimed at people with a physical or learning difficulty and are unable to use conventional bikes, is now in operation at Sefton, Walton Hall and Wavertree Sports parks. Also a new land train, similar to the one at Croxteth Park, will soon be in operation at Sefton Park.
For further information call Liverpool Watersports Centre on 0151 708 9322.