New era for Pugneys Country Park starts on March 28.
A new era is about to start at Pugneys Country Park with the launch, this weekend (March 28), of a range of new activities and events for children and adults.
Wakefield Council's initiative aims to secure the long-term future of one of the city's most popular attractions in the area.
From March 28 to November 1 the country park will host activities and events such as zorbing and dragon boat racing, as well as offering access to an extended beach area, BBQ area, bike hire and bouncy castles.
Events will also include a teddy bear's picnic, a triathlon, and summer sport for children. There will also be water sports, and children equipment like skipping ropes an hula hoops, frisbees and a broader range of foods to buy.
Some of the activities will be running throughout the season, while others will be held during holiday periods and on certain weekends, or as one-off events.
Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: "It is a very exciting time for Pugneys and I am confident the new offers will make an already fantastic asset to the district even better.
"We want people now and in future generations to be able to enjoy Pugneys which will celebrate its 30th birthday in August, so this is the ideal time for us to be taking a fresh approach and to try out new attractions.
"This change is all about are trying to secure the future of this well- loved park which is a gem in the heart of our district.
"We are offering fun and exciting outdoor attractions which we think will appeal to children and to adults, as we want encourage more people to visit on a more frequent basis.
"So I'd encourage residents to go to the council website – to see the exciting activities happening at Pugneys and get some dates in their diaries so they don't miss out."
Last year as many as 750,000 people visited the 250 acre park located off Denby Dale Road in Wakefield, which was previously an open cast mine.
The popular attraction has two lakes, and until now has been best known for offering watersports such as canoeing and sailing, which will remain in place. It also has a nature reserve which is popular with walkers and bird watchers.
Full details on all the Pugneys' activities and the dates can be found on the Wakefield Council website www.wakefield.gov.uk\pugneys