More than 300 locals turned out for the opening of a new £150,000 outdoor adventure centre at High Rid reservoir.
The centre was officially opened last week by Bolton’s Mayor, Councillor Guy Harkin and Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport, Councillor Christopher Peacock.
The new development includes new classroom facilities and specialist water activity equipment.
The open day included free fun activity sessions for young people, families and the local community with many ‘dipping their toes in the water’ to try out the wide range of activities on offer.
In addition they were able to view the facilities and activities on offer including a climbing wall; kayaking; archery; arts and crafts; canoeing; team building; and sailing.
The reservoir is popular place for outdoor activities, but previously users had to manage with basic facilities. And now the fully equipped classroom enables people to be fully briefed and trained before taking to the water and the great outdoors.
The council will use the centre as a base to provide outdoor learning and adventure activities for the local community in partnership with United Utilities who own the reservoir.
Sessions can be tailored to suit individual and group needs and parties and corporate days can be arranged at a range of prices depending on the agreed programme of activities.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport, Councillor Christopher Peacock, said: “The new facilities are excellent and are there to be enjoyed by all.
“It really opens up a whole new range of exciting opportunities to a wider audience, especially those with disabilities.
“The building provides a good place to learn new skills and people are also able to share their experiences and build their confidence and self-esteem.”
To find out more about the activities that are offered, please contact 01204 332323. The centre is funded from the Government’s short breaks grant.