New £430,000 water park sees visitors to the Falkirk Wheel piloting boats and walking on water.
Featuring two pools boasting everything from a giant stone map of Scotland complete with miniature canals and working lock gates, to water cannons and pilotable model boats, the new water play park is set in the shadow of Scotland’s famous rotating boat lift, the Falkirk Wheel. For those looking to stay reasonably dry, the bigger of the pools will also play host to hydrozorbs and water dodgems will also be added later in the year.
Falkirk Provost Pat Reid said: “This is another step towards the reshaping of the Falkirk area as a ‘must visit’ destination for visitors as well as a welcome additional attraction for local children and adults. Scottish Waterways Trust, Scottish Canals and their funding partners are to be congratulated for their bold, exciting initiative.”
The new park expands upon the existing water play area at The Falkirk Wheel, which is Scotland’s busiest tourist attraction outside a city centre location. More than 500,000 visitors took a trip to the Wheel in 2014 – its most successful year ever – and it’s hoped the new water park will encourage even more people to pay a visit to the world’s only rotating boat lift in 2015 and beyond.