Swansea Bay watersports centre cafe could enjoy fantastic bay views
VISITORS to the new Beach and Watersports Centre on the seafront could soon be enjoying even better views of Swansea Bay.
Swansea Council and Bay Sport are exploring funding opportunities that would cover either the construction of a new promenade viewing platform or a glass screen to replace part of the sea wall.
The new facility would be put in place in front of the new 360 Beach and Watersports Centre on the seafront opposite St Helen's. The centre is being run by Bay Sports Ltd – a partnership between Bay Leisure Ltd and Swansea University.
Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "The new 360 Beach and Watersports Centre helps strengthen Swansea's status as a leading waterfront city and a top city of sport.
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"The 360 Beach and Watersports Centre has already been a big hit with people since first opening its doors a few weeks ago but we're now looking to further improve the visitor experience that's available there.
"The construction of a promenade viewing platform or a glass palisade to replace part of the sea wall would allow visitors to take in stunning views of Swansea Bay in its full glory without having an impact on the protection of our coastline during times of high tide and stormy weather.
"We'll now be exploring funding opportunities that will help realise our proposals for this and other improvements at the centre."
Other new proposals for the attraction could include the construction of a storage area for specialist watersports equipment on site and the widening of the centre's car park entrance.
The news comes in the wake of the Swansea Watersports Centre of Excellence project being officially launched.
The project includes the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre, the refurbishing of tourist facilities at Knab Rock, the introduction of a new pontoon at Swansea Marina and the refitting of Olga — Swansea Council's historic Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter originally built in 1911.
The overall project was funded by the Welsh Government through the European Regional Development Fund, Visit Wales and the Regeneration Area programme. It was managed by and supported by Swansea Council. Mumbles Community Council also supported the Knab Rock element of the scheme.
As well as the opportunity to try out many beach and water-based activities, the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre also includes a café, changing facilities, public toilets and a Changing Places toilet for use by people with multiple or profound disabilities.
It was opened officially on Monday by Welsh Business and Tourism Minister and Gower AM Edwina Hart.
She said: "Tourism is vital to the Welsh economy and Swansea Bay already attracts many thousands of visitors all year round."