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Cardiff: international sports village to include adventure sports

A new plan to develop Cardiff’s international sports village has been revealed with additional adventure sport attractions proposed.

The scheme, based around the existing white water rafting facility, which is itself to be extended, includes an improved pedestrian area, a new public space for year-round outdoor events and a ‘Leisure Box’ facility hosting a range of adventure sport activities under one roof.

A report to Cardiff Council’s Cabinet last Thursday, October 10, asked Cabinet to approve a new development strategy for the International Sports Village and to grant permission for the Council to bring forward the development of the council-owned Waterfront site to help fund the wider leisure development.

Income from the development of the Waterfront site would be ring-fenced to support the delivery of the new leisure development.

Cardiff Council’s cabinet member for investment and development, Cllr Russell Goodway, said: “I remain absolutely committed to delivering a leisure destination of national significance on the peninsula site. The Council has been involved with the site for nearly two decades now, and after a good start, plans have now stalled. We recognise that the last few years have been challenging for property development and therefore a different approach is now needed to get the project back on track.”

“The council’s purchase of the Toys R Us site has created an opportunity to rethink the strategy. We can now shift the leisure to the rear of the site and maximise the value of the Waterfront site. It also creates opportunity to bring in new public squares and spaces for outdoor activities. We want to create a new family-friendly, leisure-focused district, designed to be accessible, safe and attractive.

“The previous plan for the Sports Village was to deliver an indoor ski slope. It has become clear that this is no longer commercially deliverable. The new strategy will provide opportunity for operators to deliver smaller, alternative snow-based attractions and new-technology skiing attractions that can potentially fill the void. One such example is the conveyor belt skiing currently available in London and Belfast which has proven very popular and provides for both beginners and more advanced skiers.

“Transport links to the area are strong. The Cogan railway station is only a few hundred metres away from the site via the Pont-y-Werin bridge and there are regular bus services which connect to the city centre. We will also seek to make full use of the Bay and rivers to link the site back to the inner harbour and city centre via water taxi. And the new park & ride facility at junction 33 on the M4 will provide an important means of quick access to the site by bus from the wider region.”

Source: Insider Media Limited

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