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Double Reason to Celebrate

Nene Park Trust has a double reason to celebrate as Nick Dempsey, who started his windsurfing career at Ferry Meadows Country Park, secures a silver medal for Team GB, and planning approval is given for a new watersports centre in the park.

Nick Dempsey has been a highly successful windsurfer throughout his professional career, securing a Bronze medal at Athens 2004, becoming World Champion in 2009 and now gaining a Silver medal for Team GB at London 2012. However, Nick started his windsurfing career here in Peterborough at Ferry Meadows Country Park.

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Nick Dempsey at Ferry Meadows

The £1.85 million refurbishment to modernise the watersports centre at Ferry Meadows will result in a major transformation of this important park facility, as you can see from the images below.

Watersports Centre lakeside view
Watersports Centre lakeside view 
Watersports Centre view from carpark
Watersports Centre view from carpark

Working with a team of architects that specialise in projects of this nature, and having looked at other successful centres in the UK, the Trust aims to provide visitors with a waterside cafe and watersports/activity centre that is amongst the best in the country.

As the largest improvement project ever undertaken by the Trust, visitors can expect to see a real transformation when the new building is completed. The current space in the very popular cafe will be almost doubled and a brand new extension will increase the space for watersports activities by nearly 50%, and will give cycle hire an exciting boost.

After such a successful and enjoyable Olympics, the Trust is delighted to be moving forward with this important and exciting scheme to improve sports and recreation opportunities in Nene Park and the local area, and we hope to persuade Nick Dempsey to return to Nene Park to open the new centre in 2014!

The project is due to take around 12 months on site, with work set to commence in 2013. As it will involve extensive demolition and construction works to the building, boat yard and waterfront, the centre will unfortunately need to close for most of the 12 month period, although the Trust is looking at ways to minimise the reduction in service to visitors during this period.

However, on reopening in spring 2014, the new centre will provide an exciting and high quality destination for watersports, outdoors activities and lakeside dining for many years to come.