Creatures which roamed the earth millions of years ago are to make a sudden return to Bradford in upcoming months as Dinosaur Discovery opens up behind Tong Garden Centre.
An array of model dinosaurs will inhabit the currently empty land in the spring, as the attraction aims to educate visitors about their prehistoric history from the Triassic era through to the Ice Age.
The idea comes from former theme park designer, Christian Cristobal, who moved to Yorkshire from the Philippines ten years ago.
After working as a landscape artist for many years he felt compelled to return to his roots to create a dinosaur attraction amongst the woodland at Tong Lane.
The huge models, which include animatronic versions as well as static designs, will range from wooly Mammoths, to a Tyrannosaurus Rex and even the flying Velociraptor.
Replica moving dinosaurs and other extinct beasts will be included along a trail and Cristobal hopes the area will be used in early education and become a popular location for educatory school trips.
He has even created a raptor which he wears and controls himself to make the whole experience more interactive for youngsters.
Speaking about opening the new site, he said: “One day I woke up and thought, ‘I’m going to do it, I’m going to open my own dinosaur park’. I went out and told my friends and they all said I was mad.
“What we’re working on at the moment is the wow factor; we’re working on the gimmicks to entertain people, like putting on the costume and chasing the children. They love it. We’re trying to bring some drama to the experience.
“I’ve been living in Yorkshire for ten years now and no new attractions have been built. Instead of taking your kids away somewhere this park would be something to do locally. It’s a unique attraction.”
Cristobal has had to battle against the weather conditions recently, with the launch of ‘Dinosaur Discovery’ put on hold due to torrential downpours.
However, despite having to make alterations to damaged models, which each need more than 12 hours to make, he remains optimistic that Yorkshire’s own ‘Jurassic Park’ will open in the Spring.
The dinosaurs have been on show in various locations in the past with minimal fees charged for entry, a pricing strategy which will continue at the Tong site.