Exciting plans to create a new attraction for visitors with a Roman fort themed playground, a coastal view cafe and adventure golf have emerged.
The project is aimed at the East Cliff area in Folkestone, off Wear Bay Road and above The Warren.
Although in its infancy and still subject to approval, details of the first phase of the ambitious development have been released.
The project revolves around an underground Roman fort existing at the top of the cliff.
A new wooden adventure play area would be themed on the fort, and raised mounds would give visitors the opportunity to walk to higher levels to overlook the coast and the play park.
Visitors could also “rush” to some of the “ruins”.
A cafe and visitor center would also be created, with a formal dining place offering sheltered seating while a terrace would offer views of the English Channel.
There would also be a picnic area and kiosk, as well as new washrooms and a budding recreation area.
The existing tennis courts would be brought back to life and adapted for year round use.
An improved multifunctional playground and space for the adventure golf course are also included in the plans.
There is a 66-space car park, with an overflow car park offering 28 additional spaces.
A report on the plans states: “The overall goal is to provide a new destination recreation center that blends seamlessly into the area of natural beauty and the coastal setting using native plantations and a sympathetic range of materials.
“The play area is inspired by the site of the Roman villa to the north to create an excavated, multi-layered ruin-themed adventure park for all ages.”
The plans were drawn up on behalf of the Folkestone Parks and Pleasure Ground Charity (FPPG), which is made up of cabinet members from the Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC).
A council spokesperson said: “The project is still in its early stages and the only authority FHDC officers have is to complete the design, scope, consultation and costs before returning. to the directors of the FPPG for formal approval. “
Funding should be acquired for the scheme.
The council is also in the process of creating another “visitor destination” in the Coast Drive parking lot in Littlestone on Romney Marsh.
The plan is to add more than 100 colorful beach cabanas, restrooms and changing rooms, as well as a cafe and concession stand along the beach to attract more visitors.
It follows a similar project in Folkestone, where new wooden beach huts have been added along the promenade. Hundreds of people are now on the waiting list for one of the chalets.
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