Heaton Park lakeside attraction mulled
A five-acre site close to the boating lake has been earmarked for the creation of an indoor activity centre.
Manchester City Council is seeking expressions of interest from the industry with a view to appointing an “investment partner to design, build and operate a Family Attraction” at Heaton Park.
According to tender documents for the opportunity, the 640-acre park is lacking in indoor facilities. By creating one, the city council hopes to boost visitor numbers during the rainier, colder months.
“The concept of the family attraction is to provide a mix of outdoor and indoor play and education offer on-site that would operate throughout the year, complementing and enhancing the existing offer to the public.
“The introduction of an indoor play facility would significantly improve the autumn/winter offer and would help to sustain footfall through inclement weather.”
The scheme could cost in the region of £5m, with the city council willing to put up half of the money on the proviso that the partner provides match funding.
The city council expects the attraction to generate a 10% return on investment in its first 10 years of operation.