Boats from Millhouses Park Sheffield: This is when the boating lake is expected to reopen

Abbeydale Road Park’s boating lake has been empty since Sheffield Council terminated the license of the former operator, Pullins, just before Easter.

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End of an era as the Pullin family puts an end to 12 years of operating boats in Millhouses Park,…

The company had been operating the boats on the site for 12 years.

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Millhouses Park boating lake. Photo Scott Merrylee

It has now been revealed that the new operator is set to start from Saturday May 7 – just over three weeks after the old operator ended.

And they will use new “swan boats” rather than the boats that were previously on the water, which will be different from those that operated there before.

Sheffield Council, which issues the licenses, said: “The lake will soon be home to brand new Swan boats, which according to final operational plans should be in place and ready for families to enjoy from the weekend. of May 7.”

The boats are about to return to Milhouses Park – but the lake might look different than it did before.

Park users praised the work of the Pullins family in managing the boats and were surprised there was a chance.

Sacha Pullin said earlier this month: “In relation to the loss of the boating lake, we are obviously devastated to have lost the permit after turning the Millhouses boating lake facility into a popular family attraction. over the past decade.”

Ruth Bell, Parks and Campaign Manager at Sheffield Council, said: ‘We know how much our parks are loved across the city and we work extremely hard to ensure people have the best experience when they visit. . The companies that trade in our parks play an important role in improving this experience and it is important that we review them and name the best possible suppliers.

“Several park concessions were to be re-tendered for the 2022-2025 period. As with all council business activities, we have completed an open and fair bidding process and must consider all applications.

The boats are about to return to Milhouses Park – but the lake might look different than it did before.

“We selected the vendors that best met the tender criteria and will see a mix of existing and new businesses operating in our parks.”

She added: “We understand that this is very difficult for those who have not been successful, but we cannot automatically renew at the end of a contract and must conduct a fair process for all interested companies.”

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