Opening ceremony for the Paddlers delayed until 2016

Redevelopment work started at Paddlers Park, in Amble, earlier this summer.
Redevelopment work started at Paddlers Park, in Amble, earlier this summer.

The official opening of a leisure space in Amble which is undergoing a long-awaited transformation has been postponed until next year.

However, it is hoped that a new water feature which has been installed at the newly-named Paddlers Park, formerly known as The Paddlers, will be running for a two-week trial in mid-September.

Redevelopment started earlier this summer and the unveiling ceremony was planned for the end of August. But, this has now had to be pushed back.

Mayor of Amble Craig Weir said: “Regrettably, due to a number of items being delayed and some outstanding bits of work still remaining to be done, the official opening of Amble’s Paddlers Park has had to be postponed.

“While parts of the site have already been transformed, it would not be prudent to allow the public onto areas which are not fully complete, nor where the newly seeded grass has not had time to become established.

“The area has been sadly neglected for a number of years and we are all delighted that at last there will soon be a wonderful new park here.

“We hope to operate the water feature for a two-week trial run when everything is in place; however it will be too late in the season to keep it on; therefore, we will have the opening in late spring 2016.”

The scheme has seen the removal of two disused paddling pools. The vision for the transformed site includes new landscaping and play features, including the water pump and cascade play feature, improved footpaths and outdoor fitness equipment.

It has been funded by the county council, town council and contributions from county councillors Robert Arckless and Jeff Watson, as well as a grant from the county council’s Section 106 fund.