Sheffield To See New Winter Sports Development

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Sheffield To See New Winter Sports Development

Sheffield To See New Winter Sports Development

A £4.8 million loan of public cash has now been signed off by South Yorkshire council leaders to build a new winter sports development in Sheffield on the site of the city’s former ski village, with the centre to include indoor skydiving, surfing, biking tracks, eSports, a zip line, a canoeing lake and new artificial ski and snowboarding slopes.

According to the Sheffield Star, the project is being led by Extreme Sports, with the funding for the first phase of the development to be used for site remediation, a new access road and utilities provision ahead of the construction of the centre itself, which will cost £22.5 million.

Cabinet member for business and investment at Sheffield Council Mazher Iqbal was quoted by the news source as saying: “This is another important milestone for the Parkwood leisure project. We still have lots more work ahead of us and we will say lots more about the project in the future but for now, it’s very good news that the Combined Authority has confirmed this element. It will allow Sheffield County Council to work with the developer to unlock infrastructure and access constraints at the site in due course.”

Plans for the new ski village were unveiled back in November 2017, with CEO of Extreme Sports Alistair Gosling saying at the time that the plans will bring the “much-missed ski facility bang up to date”.

He went on to explain that the plan is to tap into the global phenomena of establishing “total active leisure destinations, where all the excitement of sport and leisure facilities come together – sports activities, accommodation, eating, drinking, shopping – in a totally immersive destination”.

And in November last year, the local council unveiled its ten-year draft masterplan for the Parkwood Springs site, including the former Viridor Landfill site and Wardsend Cemetery.

Parkwood Springs, one of the only cemeteries in the UK to be divided by a railway line, was once a medieval deer park but the council now has plans in place for it to be transformed into a 150-hectare giant urban country park that reaches from Wardsend near Hillsborough all the way to Neepsend.

Wardsend Cemetery, meanwhile, has undergone serious improvements over the last few years, now used as a performance venue, as well as for heritage tours and nature events. Interestingly, it is the final resting place for lieutenant George Lambert VC, as well as many Victorian Sheffielders including photographer WT Furniss and victims of the 1864 Great Sheffield Flood.

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