Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has approved £3.1 million to support improvements to Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.
Built in 2008, Crosby Lakeside is situated at the entrance to the Crosby Coastal Path and provides hospitality, leisure, watersports and fitness facilities adjacent to Crosby Marine Lake, with specific provision for disabled visitors.
The funding will enable Sefton Council, which owns Crosby Lakeside, to undertake extensive refurbishment and extension work that will create enhanced wedding, conference, hotel, dining and bar facilities at the centre, to improve its long-term viability.
The funding will also enable the creation of a 36-bed self-catering bunk barn to be built on the roof area, enabling the outdoor pursuits and watersports activities to be more easily accessed by community groups.
Speaking about the funding, Councillor Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said:
“The centre is in a perfect location, next to Anthony Gormley’s world-famous Another Place, on Crosby Beach as well as the marine lake and the heathland behind the dunes. By modernising and extending Crosby Lakeside we can tap into its full potential, creating a fantastic facility that can be used not just by Sefton’s residents, but by people fom the whole of the Liverpool City Region and beyond.”
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:
“Crosby Lakeside is a potentially tremendous facility in a great location and by providing this funding we can enable Sefton Council to secure its long-term future. Investing in this way will help open up this key visitor economy site to more people while ensuring that local people, and particularly young people, can enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of using these facilities.”