A STRABANE man could be set to swap jewellery for jet-skis, after he revealed plans for a new water sports facility.
Argento owner and water-ski enthusiast, Peter Boyle submitted plans for a new million-pound facility to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. If passed the plans would see a disused Co Down reservoir developed into Belfast’s first international water sports park, a move which would see the creation of some 20 construction jobs and up to 30 extra posts, full-time and seasonal.
Included in the ambitious plans are an aqua park, a wake-boarding facility and a glamping site.
“This is a significant investment which I know will bring visitors and tourists into Belfast and contribute to a growing tourist offering in the city,” Peter Boyle explained.
“The waterpark itself will be the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, and we are working with renowned watersports company Rixen in Florida to deliver this first class scheme.
“The park will include cool facilities such as a wake-boarding cable park, aqua park and glamp site. The reservoir itself is set in a great accessible location with stunning views across the city and beyond.”
Peter Boyle’s story is the stuff of legend within the retail industry. From starting out on a market stall in the 1990s, Argento has grown into a business powerhouse with some 39 branches across Britain and Ireland.
He continued, “As part of this 12-week community consultation process, we want anyone interested in seeing the plans to come and view the information which is on display in the Ivanhoe Hotel.
“We are already greatly encouraged by the positive response to our plans and the excitement for this unique new tourist attraction right in the heart of the city.”