An idea for a new multi-use adventure park attraction is being considered for the former Wilderness tip site in Gresford, Wrexham.

Go Below, an existing company based in Betws Y Coed, are working up plans to develop the site into a destination attraction featuring one of the fastest zipwires in the UK, freefall tower, adventure swing and a number of other outdoor pursuits.

Previously the site, in Local Authority ownership, had planning permission for a ski slope, but with plans for the slope having fallen through, Go Below – a leading adventure company in North Wales – is looking into the concept to develop the land as an adventure park.

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The proposal is still subject to agreeing terms for a potential lease and getting planning permission.

Speaking about the development, Managing Director of Go Below, Miles Moulding said: “We’re really excited about the prospect of developing the adventure park at this site and with the easy accessibility to the site from North & Mid Wales and the North West of England, we’d see this as really enhancing the tourism destination offer here in Wrexham.

“We envision there would be an artificial coal mine for people to explore, a climbing-tower, a big swing, some impressive ziplines and tracks for youngsters to ride around on in small electric vehicles. These activities would be supported by a small car park, reception building, kit-room etc.”

Cllr Terry Evans, Lead Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, added:  “This project has the potential to support the rapid growth of Wrexham County Borough’s tourism economy, through both job creation and visitor spend. North Wales as a whole has developed a superb reputation as the adventure capital of the UK and here in Wrexham, we’re always looking to support inward investment that has the potential to further develop our local economy and tourism offer.

“We’re looking forward to receiving the full planning application, should the project progress, later this year and the opportunity to work with Miles and the team at Go Below to support them as much as possible.”

The next stage is to go through a period of time for public consultation and incorporate feedback into the proposal as far as practical.

A drop-in event has been arranged for anybody who is interested to find out more about the event next Friday, April 13 between 6.30pm – 9pm at the Colliery Club in Gresford.

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