Fylde Council’s Splash Park on St Annes Promenade yet again proved a hit with visitors in 2023 despite an unseasonably soggy summer.
The wetter than usual weather may have kept some away, but plenty of people still booked slots at the water play area between April and September on those days when the sun was shining.
The 2023 season was also the first year of the Splash Park operating with the newly introduced booking fee of £1 per child for up to one hour, which raised over £18,600 towards covering running costs and the future sustainability of the popular amenity.
First opened in 2019, the Splash water play area has proven immensely popular with families, whether visiting from afar or living locally, and offers a fantastic range of features including spray loops, water sprays, bucket drops, water domes and a small section for paddling.
The introduction of a fee was due to the constantly rising costs of running the facility, making continued free provision unsustainable. The fee of £1 was chosen to ensure that the facility remained affordable to all, with similar private beach activities charging significantly higher rates and pricing many visitors out.
Cllr Jayne Nixon, Lead Member for Tourism, Leisure & Culture, said: “Splash has consistently been a huge success since it opened and continues to appeal to visitors. The teething troubles at the launch of the new booking system were quickly resolved, and we will continue thinking about how to enhance the visitor experience going forward.”
To read more about the Splash Park, visit the Discover Fylde website, where you will also be able to book once the new season starts!
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