Boats return to Liverpool park lakes

Boating Lake, Sefton Park
Image caption The boating lake at Sefton Park was popular in the 1920s

Boats will return to Liverpool park lakes after almost 40 years.

A fleet of 12 four-seater pedaloes is being introduced in Sefton and Stanley parks - the first time since the 1970s.

They will be available for hire during the school holidays and at weekends.

Councillor Peter Mitchell said the pedaloes will "bring more life and animation into our parks".

He added: "We want the parks to be used by as many people as possible."

The return of boats to the lakes is a joint initiative between the Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Watersports Centre and Liverpool primary care trust (PCT).

Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool PCT, said: "This initiative supports the decade of health and well-being by being a fun way of getting some exercise."

The council also run the bicycle hire scheme, Wheels For All, aimed at people with physical or learning difficulties who are unable to use conventional bikes, at Sefton, Walton Hall and Wavertree Sports parks.

A new land train, similar to the one at Croxteth Park, will soon be in operation at Sefton Park.

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