Staple Tye splash park opens as part of extended summer opening offer

Communities / Mon 22nd Aug 2022 am31 10:45am

STAPLE Tye splash park opens and joins the Town Park paddling pool to benefit from an extended summer opening.

Harlow Council has announced today (Monday 22 August) that the new splash park at Staple Tye is open and will stay open for an extra week after the summer holidays end. Theft and vandalism from the site meant that the official opening was delayed, but the council is delighted that the splash park is now able to be used by local families.

The splash park will close on Saturday 10 September. Following delays at the start of the summer season, the council has also announced that the Town Park paddling pool will stay open until the same date too. The Town Park paddling pool opened a few days later than planned in July because the heatwave impacted the water pressure at the facility and a pump servicing it needed to be fixed.

Work to transform the Staple Tye site into a mix of pool and splash park has been a council priority because enhancing outdoor facilities for families to enjoy is a great way to bring the community together. The facility was ready to open from 10am today and is already being enjoyed by local families. It is a free-to-use community facility and will be in operation from 10am to 6pm seven days a week.

The splash park was handed over to the council on Friday last week and final preparations, including staff training, have taken place ready for it to open.

Councillor Joel Charles, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Business and Community Resilience, said:

“Extending the summer opening of the Town Park paddling pool, alongside keeping the new splash park at Staple Tye open another week, means that there is still an opportunity to enjoy these great outdoor community facilities before the summer comes to an end.

“I share residents’ frustration about the delay to the opening of the Staple Tye splash park. Sadly, the theft and vandalism that took place on site impacted the timescales leading up to the official opening this year. The council is sorry for the delay.

“It is hoped that the decision to extend the opening of both community facilities will be an opportunity for residents and their families to have a few more hours of fun outdoors this summer.”

The paddling pools at Bush Fair, Norman Booth (Old Harlow) and Sumners, including the splash park at Potter Street, will close on Saturday 3 September 2022.

Residents can find out the latest information about the town’s paddling pools and splash parks at www.harlow.gov.uk/paddling-pools

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7 Comments for Staple Tye splash park opens as part of extended summer opening offer:

2022-08-22 14:00:56

It will get destroyed by the people of Harlow in a matter of days unless there is a heavy police presence about.

2022-08-22 14:54:24

Have to agree with A, but it is not the Harlow People, it is the Harlow yobs, chavs, roadman or whatever they are called now... the same old rude, arrogant and aggressive Teenagers/Young people.

2022-08-22 15:27:55

Won’t be long until it’s smashed up again What a stupid place to put it This should have been built in the town park anyway What’s so special about staple tye anyway,why did that area get it I wouldn’t let me kids over there anyway probably get mugged like every other paddling pool park Harlow council is a joke They ain’t got a clue about what this town needs

2022-08-22 16:48:54

T, Nothing like being positive eh, It was put there as the old one was on it's last legs and not all kids are going round mugging people, Vandalism is a problem town wide but is it worse than other places? I refer you to the post by A2 above.

2022-08-22 19:16:18

Bishop's Stortford splash park is open ALL summer not just the school holidays....why aren't Harlow splash parks/paddling pools doing the same especially with our longer summers now

2022-08-23 09:17:26

Second day 10.16…… not working! Lots of people looking down the drain…. Not the best start!

2022-08-28 21:45:10

It is lovely, very busy obviously. The only down side is that the artificial grass gets slippery when wet, saw quite a few kids slip over. Hope it doesn’t get vandalised, maybe more security after hours is needed. Also agree it would be nice for it to be open earlier in the year when it is warmer, even just weekends.

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