The festival of the outdoors is back in Sheffield with three days of action and adventure. The event will be held across city centre locations including the Peace Gardens, Tudor Square, Millennium Square and the Winter Gardens. Azz Mohamed reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield City Council has confirmed it is seeking a developer to transform the derelict site at Parkwood Springs into a “nationally-significant attraction”. The artificial ski slope was closed after a fire in 2012 and the facilities destroyed by a plague of arson attacks. The council now owns the former ski village site land and is set to test the market by asking investors and developers to bring forward ideas for the wider area as an urban country park or activity centre. An initial study suggests the site is a “viable business opportunity” that can contribute to Sheffield’s reputation as The Outdoor City. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Neil Schofield, chair of Friends of Parkwood Springs.
The European Outdoor Summit is going to be held in Sheffield next year. This announcement comes as the same time as research carried out by Sheffield Hallam University, shows that outdoor activities such as climbing, walking and biking are all contributing to the economic growth of the City. The research estimates that outdoor activities bring £53 million pounds to Sheffield.