Lakes dream comes to fantastic fruition
Last Saturday saw the first open day for Conningbrook Lakes Country Park, this unique Ashford facility. The large crowd of interested residents attending promises huge support for the future.
The Lakes are the only public facility of their kind in the area. They are a natural site for nature conservancy, a beautiful setting for country park leisure activities, and a space for a fantastic range of water sports, such as sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, swimming and paddle boarding.
Fishing is already successfully established and tuition available. On Saturday a line of food and other stalls lined the bank, serenaded by a live band.
Ashford Borough Council officers welcomed the public with a smile, and oversaw taster sessions for the public to enjoy the activities. A safety launch was at hand but not needed.
After some eight years of research, talks and committees, the Lakes project seems finally to be off the starting blocks.
When I was a councillor and chairman of the Julie Rose Stadium Trust, it seemed to me to be a natural for a national-class track and field athletics stadium to be alongside a national-class water park.
The dream is being realised, but there is much work to be done to achieve the full potential of the site.