Leicestershire Live reports: A ‘world class’ water sports park could open in the East Midlands in a matter of months.
Plans to replace a former gravel pit south of the Attenborough Nature Centre in Long Eaton with a water sports facility were approved by Erewash Borough Council on January 23.
Due to approval being granted, the park could open as soon as this summer.
Councillors have claimed the 133-acre former Trent Meadow gravel pit, off Pasture Lane, is currently the site of fly-tipping, antisocial behavior, fires and trespassers. They felt putting it to a use which benefited the wider community was a welcome proposal that “could not come soon enough”.
The application was put forward by Richard and Katie Hill, of Mansfield.
It would see the site renamed as the Spring Lakes Water-sports Club, and feature wake-boarding, ramps, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, rowing boats, pedalos, scuba diving, raft building, open water swimming, a floating inflatable aqua park and a play area.
Two wake-boarding cables would be installed as part of the plans, to tow riders along and over the ramps, with separate courses for advanced and inexperienced riders.
Several new buildings would be on stilts beside the lake, bringing them to a maximum height of nine meters, to avoid flooding issues.
These buildings would include changing areas, showers, toilets, three classrooms, a shop, kitchen, cafe and an outdoor viewing platform overlooking the lake.
He said as chairman of the Church Wilne Water Sports Club in Draycott for the past three to four years, teaching kids aged four to 16, he knew there was a demand for such a center.
Mr Hill said: “Over the years I have seen the impact this (taking part in water sports) can have on their confidence, their sense of team spirit and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
“But many of the young people who turn up can’t afford to ride in the boats – it is around £45 for 15 minutes on average.
“On a daily basis I was forced to turn young people away because they could not afford it.
“The fact people in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby have no access to water sports frankly is not acceptable to us.
“Our aim is to be able to offer these sports to the whole community, especially people who would not usually have access.
“We can offer not just high intensity sport here but also pedalos and raft-building.
“The possibility here for a fun family day out is endless.” More…