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Motocross track part of new watersports park

Plans for the new centre. Pic: MKC Commercial Design

A new £60 million zero-carbon water sports park, complete with a dry ski slope, surfing, water skiing, and motocross track is being planned for the Lancastrian city of Preston.

It’s the brainchild of former motocross racer and beach race specialist Eddie Sloane, founder of Trax Motorsport in Preston, who aims to revamp the former Preston Dockland area on the banks of the River Ribble.

Dubbed Phoenix Park, there will be a main building, on top of which will be the dry ski slope and a mountain bike course. There will be a cable water ski lake, wind surfing and kayaking lake, and a steam train trail. Holiday log cabins will surround the lakes.

The venue is also planned to have a motocross track and wave pool for surfing, football pitch, skate park and kart track.

Preston City Council has already granted a 100-year lease for the site, with further land included for the wider leisure area. Planning permission would still be required before work to build the site can start.

A planning application for the Pioneer Building, kart track, football pitch and skate park was lodged in late 2020, with hopes of completing the complex by mid-2022 at a cost of £10 million. After this initial phase is completed, construction on the remainder of the site can begin which could cost up to a further £50 million.