East Park's Splash Boat returns after £35k renovation
IT HAS thrilled generations of kids for more than eight decades.
Now, East Park's much-loved Splash Boat is back after a two-year absence.
The 83-year-old attraction has undergone a £35,000 renovation, with parts having to be sourced from China.
It reopened on Saturday in time for the four-day bank holiday.
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Darren Emms, of east Hull, was on the first ride with daughter Natasha, 6.
He said: "It was really good and I got a bit wet. I used to go when I was younger and it's as enjoyable as I remember."
Natasha said: "I really enjoyed it and the splash was bigger than I thought it was going to be."
Hull City Council leader Councillor Steve Brady opened the ride and was also among the first to take a ride.
He said: "It's a case of all systems go now.
"This renovation is part of our plans to turn the park back to how it used to be.
"I used to go on the ride when I was younger, it was a regular haunt. Really, it was the only entertainment for us in those days.
"The park used to be heaving and now we are getting back to that."
The council's chair of the park area committee Councillor Sheila Waudby said she is delighted to see it open.
She said: "We were a bit frustrated over how long it has taken to open as it's a big attraction in the park.
"But I am really pleased to see it back in time for the summer holidays."
Adam McArthur, assistant head of service for the council's street scene, explained why it has taken two years to renovate the attraction.
He said: "The winch has been renovated and a new walkway had been put in place.
"It is a listed building, so we had to be careful. Everything had to be approved.
"Due to the age of it, we had to source the materials from a company in China.
"This is a popular attraction and important to the economic future of the park."