New Forest Water Park postpones opening due to flooding

A water park has delayed opening this year because of flooding.

New Forest Water Park in Hampshire said it was the first time in its 35-year history that the season had been postponed.

It said its cable-guided wakeboarding apparatus was not safe to open for the Easter weekend.

Director Ben Jury said the lake and its catchment had been deluged by constant rain which had not been able to drain away.

He said: "It's too near to the electric boxes, and the entrance way to the wakeboarding is slippery as we can't clean it."

Mr Jury said other centres in the UK had experienced similar issues.

The park, between Fordingbridge and Ringwood, also operates a floating inflatable play area which is due to open in May, as well as a year-round fishing lake.

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