An aqua park obstacle course could be coming soon to the main lake at Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage.

Plans to build on the site formerly occupied by the Sailing Centre have been submitted by a company called Aqua Parcs.

If approved, eight shipping containers could be laid out at the site and put to use for a number of purposes.

Aqua Parcs currently operate a water park in Milton Keynes, which includes a 400-metre long obstacle course in Willen Lake.

Drawings submitted as part of their application for Fairlands show that the containers would include a reception, wet suit rooms, a number of individual changing compartments, a storage room, a first aid room, and a staff room.

Benches and lockers would also be available, with an area of roofed wooden decking included too.

The Comet: This plan shows the proposed outline of the shipping containers at Fairlands Valley Park.This plan shows the proposed outline of the shipping containers at Fairlands Valley Park. (Image: Stevenage Borough Council)

According to the application form, the centre would have three full-time staff and 60 part-time staff.

Proposed opening times are from 10am until 6pm on weekdays, and from 10am until 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Outdoor Activity Centre and Sailing Centre at the park - which is owned by Stevenage Borough Council - have been closed since March last year.


They were operated by Stevenage Leisure Limited, but their contract to run leisure activities in Stevenage was not renewed.

Instead, the council put the new contract out to public tender - but it did not include either of the centres at Fairlands Valley.

A statement on Stevenage Borough Council's website says that the activity centre "will be operated by the council from April 1, 2023".

It continues: "The activity centre is closed while we recruit staff and prepare the building for operation. Once this is in place we will be able to provide further details on our delivery programme."

Responding to this story, a spokesperson for the council said: “This application has been received as part of the new aqua-park community facilities, we are unable to elaborate any further, as with all applications, it is due to be considered against planning policies in due course.”