From November 30, Nene Park Trust will be ensuring the continuation of former Vivacity services following the termination of the charity's contract with Peterborough City Council.
The Trust will now be responsible for the running of Lost World soft play and activity centre, at Serpentine Green, and the maintenance of the Peterborough Sculpture Collection which can be seen on permanent outdoor display at Thorpe Meadows, a Nene Park site, as well as on city centre rooftops in the form of the celebrated Anthony Gormley statues.
Matthew Bradbury, chief executive of Nene Park Trust said: "By bringing together the remaining activities of Vivacity with the growing offer provided by Nene Park Trust, we take another step closer to delivering our Master Plan ambitions of providing an improved environmental, cultural and leisure offer for the city. By operating assets away from the park itself we can ensure more people benefit from our work. Our aim now is to build on the work of Vivacity and develop these destinations to improve the culture and recreation offer for the benefit of the community."
Stewart Francis, chairman of Vivacity said: "Our trustees were determined to ensure the long-term future of these activities. They are key parts of the Vivacity offer that we had successfully and enthusiastically developed for the benefit of local people. Today’s announcement does just that – Nene Park Trust is the perfect partner and can offer long term commitment and investment to these important assets. This agreement also protects jobs – an important consideration at this difficult economic time."
Oliver Burke, head of operations at Nene Park Trust said: "Lost World is already a very popular destination for many local families and we plan to build on this success. Any surplus it makes will be reinvested across our charitable activities, providing income to help maintain our beautiful green spaces, which provide a haven for nature and personal wellbeing, for the benefit of Peterborough residents and future generations."
Covid-19 restrictions mean that Lost World is currently closed, with staff on furlough. Nene Park Trust aims to reopen it in 2021, subject to restrictions at the time.
City College Peterborough took over all culture, heritage and library services, with leisure and all other services transferring to Peterborough Limited (Aragon Direct Services) at the end of September.