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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Walls go up at new Maryport climbing attraction

Work to create Maryport’s latest tourist attraction has begun.

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BRING ON THE WALL: Volunteer Sean Burke, 22, tries out one of the modules being installed at the new Clip ’n Climb attraction in Maryport’s Wave Centre

The first sections of the new Clip ’n Climb attraction at the town’s Wave Centre arrived this week.

Nine of the 23 climbing modules have been delivered and work has started to put them together.

All the climbing equipment is due to be built in the next four weeks and the attraction is due to open on May 6.

Staff are being appointed following interviews last week, although there are still vacancies for casual workers.

Kelly Donnelly, of Carlisle Leisure Limited, which runs the centre, said: “It’s an exciting time for everybody at the centre especially now that there is a team on site creating the new climbing arena.”

It is being launched to bring the redundant former exhibition space back into use and reduce the council subsidy for running the building.

Expected to attract around 20,000 visitors a year, it is only the second Clip ’n Climb in the country.

The first centre, in Exeter, attracts 50,000 people a year.

The themed climbing arena features different kinds of walls and an automatic system that pulls users up and down, via a rope system.

It is suitable for all ages, and wheelchair users can also experience some of the attraction.

The project has been jointly funded by Allerdale council, which owns the Wave Centre, and the Rural Development Programme for England.

Have your say

The Wave Centre a council subsidised white elephant. Built when money was being flashed around, without any real thought or consultation with local people. As far as I am aware there has been no further consultation on what to do with The Wave - 20,0000 people a year ?? That's 55 a day! I don't think that there's been 55 people across the door since Christmas. Another ill conceived idea by some council flunky, using OUR money!

Posted by Mary Port on 6 April 2013 at 03:41

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