Residents suggest improvements for Otley 'eyesore' park

Councillor Ryk Downes at the park site

Councillor Ryk Downes at the park site

First published in News

More than 100 residents have suggested how an Otley park's old swimming pool site could be rejuvenated.

Councillor Ryk Downes (Lib Dem, Otley and Yeadon) appealed for suggestions in January after branding the area, in Wharfemeadows Park, an “eyesore” and urging Leeds City Council to take action.

Coun Downes (pictured at the site) says he has been heartened by the level of response, which has included support for:

* opening a new outdoor pool, possibly heated by energy generated from a hydro-power turbine on the nearby weir

* a new and improved cafe and toilets facility with longer opening hours

* a fitness centre and youth hub.

Coun Downes said: “More than 100 people have responded so far, with the most support being for an improved café and toilets offer – one that is open more often and facing the river.

“A return of boats to the River Wharfe, based at the site, and an outdoor swimming pool, possibly heated by hydro power from the turbine which is to be installed on the weir, are other suggestions.”

Anyone with an idea for consideration for the site should contact Coun Downes at or write to him c/o: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR.

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