An exciting yet educational park designed to inspire youngsters was officially declared open during a grand opening held yesterday (Thursday).
The Lost World Adventure Park has received a cash injection of £500,000 from private investment to completely renovate and transform the site into an up and coming tourist attraction.
Dignitaries and guests were invited to launch yesterday to see what progress has been made in a short space of time.
Bradley Carter man behind the park, said he was ‘excited’ that it come this far but there was still a long journey and more that could be done on an educational level, he said: “It’s great to see everyone enjoying it but there’s even more in store for the future.”
Plans for the next two-three years, depending on local authority support, could include an amphitheatre, cinema, time travel attraction with special effects, an educational museum and much more.
The site was the former home of Fun City, derelict and in need of an update but it is hoped the adventure park will bring life to the North Parade end of Skegness and help the other nearby businesses.
Chris Baron chair of East Lincolnshire Destination Management Organisation and Butlins resort director, spoke positively of the investment and the drive to improve Skegness.
“It is great that investment is being put into the area at the tail end of the recession and it is good that it is a new and innovative concept rather than creating something similar to Fantasy Island and Bottons.”
Representatives from many other local attractions, such as Natureland, Butlins and Whippy Dippy also attended to support not only the park, but also the work that is going on to regenerate the area.
There was also support from hoteliers which the park hopes they will benefit from resort improvements.
Mayor of Skegness, Coun Jim Carpenter said during his tour and ribbon snipping duty: “Isn’t it wonderful, I have not seen so many people at this end of town in years.”
To drum up support for the evening and to create a fun aspect for children, a park’s Raptor made a bid for freedom in the morning, leaving footprints all over the town but it was returned safely this morning thanks to the vigilance of local children, a park spokesperson confirmed.
The Carnival Queen and Princess also made their first public engagement since being presented with the role recently at Grand Central and the Jolly Fisherman admired all his new dinosaur friends.
The park boasts a number of innovative new attractions including the UK’s only 3D glasses crazy golf and a 4D dinosaur trail.
Other attractions include; a Creepy Crawly Cave, fossil hunt and a dinosaur dig which are aimed at educating families.