Operator set to be appointed for waterpark

A preferred new operator for the Alpamare waterpark in Scarborough is due to be appointed this month.

North Yorkshire Council says it hopes the attraction will reopen to the public in July in time for the summer 2024 season.

Members of the authority’s executive will meet on 21 May and hear the results of a three-week tender exercise to find a new short-term tenant for the attraction on a 12-month basis. They will be asked to approve plans for officers to enter into negotiations with a preferred bidder.

Deputy council leader, Councillor Gareth Dadd, said: “We will now work with the preferred bidder who has experience of operating facilities of this nature and will continue to work towards opening in time for the summer season as we promised when we took this site on.”

The council took possession of the site in December last year when Benchmark Leisure Ltd went into administration.

Overlooking the seaside town’s North Bay, Alpamare features a wave pool, a splash and play pool, four state-of-the-art slides, two outdoor pools, an alpine themed spa and treatment area, and a café and terrace bar. It was purpose-built in 2016.