Alpamare Scarborough water park entry fees 'too expensive'
Entry prices for a new water park which was rescued with a multimillion-pound council cash injection have been branded "unaffordable".
Alpamare water park was bailed out with a loan of £9m from Scarborough Borough Council in 2009 after it was put on hold due to the economic downturn.
Some residents have said £60 for a family ticket to the park - which opens in July - is too expensive.
Its owners said the attraction was intended to be a "special treat".
Tickets will cost £19 per adult, £15 per child, or £60 for a family of four - for both locals and visitors to the seaside town.
Plans for the £14m water park on the former Burniston Road car park were first released in 2005, and include indoor and outdoor pools, waterslides and a spa.
Development halted in 2009 because of the economic downturn followed by a £9m loan from Scarborough Council to developers Benchmark Leisure.
It was due to open at Easter but has been put back to July.
Alpamare is part of the £150m Sands development in the North Yorkshire seaside town.
Resident Lindsay Sweeting said: "In summer, kids are going to want to use that water park every day and their parents can't afford it, it's not fair on the parents."
Another resident said: "It's not so bad if you're going on holiday and you've saved up your spending money, but as a local family it's a bit much. You wouldn't be able to afford to go every weekend."
Head of operations Vicki Jones said: "We certainly don't want to alienate locals or anyone who can't afford to come on a regular basis.
"However the water park is a special treat for a family. It's equivalent to an amusement park, perhaps people are confusing the water park with a facility like the indoor pool."
A council spokesperson said: "Alpamare is not a replacement for the old Atlantis north bay pool, nor is it meant to mimic the current council-run Indoor Pool, which will in fact be replaced with a new facility at Scarborough Leisure Village at Weaponness in 2017."