A North Yorkshire water park is on the search for a new operator in time for summer after its previous tenants fell into administration.

North Yorkshire Council is searching for a new operator to open the much-loved Alpamare Waterpark in Scarborough in time for the summer 2024 season.

The authority, which purchased the park last December after previous operators, Benchmark Leisure went into administration,  has launched a three-week push to find a new tenant to take on a year-long rental agreement for the £14 million alpine-themed water park which overlooks North Bay.

The water park holds a wave pool, a splash and play pool, four slides, two outdoor pools, an alpine-themed spa and treatment area as well as a café and terrace bar.

 Kerry Metcalfe, Assistant Director for Commercial Property and Procurement at North Yorkshire Council said: “We are working hard to confirm a new tenant to reopen the facility in time for the main 2024 summer season.

“Once that is in place, we can look to the longer-term options.”

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Alpamare opened with the help of a £9 million loan from the now-defunct Scarborough Council.

In 2022 reports showed Benchmark Leisure still owed £7.8 million of public money for the water park.

The Local Democracy Service reported in February that the unpaid part of the loan would no longer be pursued after the council took control of the site.

For more details about the search for a potential operator for the site, email: estates@northyorks.gov.uk