February 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm
The historic Blackpool Promenade is now open to the public, after £100 million pounds of investment from Blackpool Council through the Fylde and Wyre Economic Development Company. The new vision for the sea-front extends from the southern end of the promenade, all the way to the North Pier. The final touches have now been largely completed to Parade 5, and the Comedy artwork project, the Tower Festival area and wedding chapel and the tourist information centre, and public realm works at Waterloo Headlands and St Chads. New attractions along Blackpool Promenade Designed by Gordon Young and his company, Why Not associates; the Comedy Carpet artwork project paints and sculptures famous catchphrases from comedians that put Blackpool on the map. Tower Festival headland has long been home to comedy performers, and many have gone on to achieve international fame. The construction of a 20,000 seat venue for outdoor entertainment, sits at the very apex of the Tower Headland, so that Blackpool can accommodate large events, and compete for this business in the northern region. On Parade 5, the local tramway is a major feature, and with the investment in public works the Tower Headland is now linked with the wider area. Construction of sea-saws, outdoor play parks, and unique public artworks, see this area transformed into an extension of the Blackpool Promenade, and create a lovely walk between the seaside attractions and the Blackpool Tower. Not to leave out the keen skateboarding community of Blackpool, the Waterloo Headland has been transformed into a skateboarding park, complete with a variety of jumps and rails. There is also a specially designed BMX area, for practise jumps, pits and competitions. A large adventure playground has been built, for younger children up to teenagers, which now looks a great place for the kids to burn off some energy. The Las Vegas style wedding venue on the Tower Headland has top environmental credentials and a modern design, in keeping with the sleek look of the promenade. Inside you can find a tourist information bureau, with everything that is on and around Blackpool to do. The Blackpool Promenade has had a complete facelift, with gorgeous plants and landscaping alongside a railed and paved walkway, all along the sea-side resort shore. The Blackpool Promenade now feels a bit like Spanish and Portugal resort towns, and has made the most of its sea-side location. Make The Blackpool Promenade your first stop.