Council takes control of closed waterpark attraction

North Yorkshire Council says it has taken possession of the Alpamare waterpark, in Scarborough.

Contractors working for the authority will now undertake assessments and ensure the site is safe before options are explored to consider the future operation of the attraction. The facility features indoor and outdoor pools, waterslides and a spa.

The tenant of the North Bay attraction, Benchmark Leisure Ltd, went into administration in October this year.

North Yorkshire Council’s assistant director for commercial, property and procurement, Kerry Metcalfe, said: “I can confirm we have taken possession of the former Alpamare waterpark in Scarborough.

“We are committed to ensuring all the necessary assessments and work is undertaken in a thorough and professional manner and that we consider all options for the future operation of the site.

“Through this, it is hoped measures will be in place to open the facility in time for the main 2024 summer season. We will keep the public updated as the necessary work progresses.”

The £14m park first opened in 2016. In October of this year, its managers confirmed the park would need to close due to “ongoing high costs”, including energy bills.