Clissold Park splash pad to open on Monday 1 August
Clissold Park’s incredible new splash pad will open on Monday 1 August for kids to enjoy over the summer holidays.
With brightly coloured tipping buckets, water fountains and sprays, the splash pad provides the opportunity for fun-filled play with little or no standing water used - helping to improve safety.
It’s located in the former bowling green area of Clissold Park, and replaces the old paddling pool, after an independent health and safety review found that it needed major work that rendered it beyond economical repair.
During its first summer, visitors must book a free 60 or 90 minute time slot at the splash pad, which will be open 11am-6pm, seven days a week. This is to ensure the splash pad runs smoothly and to help protect new grass landscaping around the facility, which has not yet established.
Residents can book a free session at www.clissoldparksplashpad.co.uk . New sessions are added every morning, seven days in advance.
The facility will be operated for the Council by Splash and Boats this summer, who will have staff on-site at all times.
As part of the project, the old bowling pavilion now houses new accessible toilets and a cafe kiosk, which will sell drinks, snacks and ice lollies.
“Parks are so important for people in Hackney, and we’re committed to expanding facilities so they can be enjoyed by as many as possible - particularly children, in line with our commitment to build a child friendly borough.
“With its water sprays, tipping bucket and fountains, this new splash pad will be so much fun for families. We’ve worked hard - despite freight delays - to get it open as quickly as possible for everyone to enjoy."
The new splash pad is part of a significant programme of investment in Hackney’s parks and green spaces, which the Council has prioritised - despite 40% funding cuts since 2010 - because of the immeasurable benefits to health and wellbeing that high quality green spaces can bring.
The new splash pad sits alongside a programme of newly improved playgrounds and significant upcoming investment in other parks in the borough. This includes: £5m to restore Abney Park Cemetery, £130k on Daubeney Fields and £2m for upgrading Shoreditch Park.