Harlow Council’s paddling pools and splash parks set to open on Saturday following major upgrades

Lifestyle / Fri 21st Jul 2023 at 07:36am

For the first time in several years, Harlow’s free-to-use paddling pools and splash parks are set to open on time this Saturday 22 July.

As part of the council’s priority to improve council services, a number of upgrades have been made to the facilities including:

New gates have been installed at the Town Park
Drainage and safety have been improved at the Staple Tye splash park which opened last year
New toilet facilities are now in place at the Staple Tye splash park
The playground surrounding Sumners paddling pool has also been improved with new equipment for families to enjoy.

A number of maintenance issues and repairs have been addressed at all parks across the town

All works have been completed and these free-to-use facilities will open as planned this Saturday.

The four paddling pools are at Harlow Town Park, Bush Fair, Norman Booth in Old Harlow and Sumners. The town’s two splash parks can be found at Staple Tye and Potter Street.

Councillor Dan Swords, Leader of Harlow Council, said:

“Our paddling pools and splash parks are a true asset to our town. They are free at the point of use and are always immensely popular with families, but unfortunately in recent years there have been delays to them opening meaning less time for families to enjoy them. That’s why as part of our priority to improve council services, we have ensured all of these facilities are ready to open on time this year and furthermore, we have made significant investments to upgrade this fantastic offering and provide a better service.

“I warmly welcome all Harlow families to our wonderful splash parks and paddling pools this Summer and hope that they very much enjoy these free facilities.”

Councillor Stacy Seales, Portfolio Holder for Community, said:

“With the financial challenges facing all families at this time, I am very pleased to announce our free-to-use paddling pools and splash parks open this weekend. We have worked hard to ensure they open on time and have further invested significantly to provide a better and more efficient service to local residents.

“Our historic paddling pools and splash parks will continue to be improved and I hope every family makes the most of our wonderful green spaces and free services this Summer.”

There is limited parking available at the Staple Tye splash park so please consider alternative forms of travel if possible. If you are driving, please park considerately and observe local parking restrictions as parking enforcement will be carried out in the area for everyone’s safety.

The paddling pools and splash parks will be open 7 days a week from 10am-6pm. You can stay up to date on the status of the paddling pools from Saturday 22 July on our paddling pools page.

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6 Comments for Harlow Council’s paddling pools and splash parks set to open on Saturday following major upgrades:

Nogin the nog
2023-07-21 08:06:16

Let's hope the sun comes out and the children can enjoy this good bit of news

Bruce Downey
2023-07-21 08:13:39

If you haven’t been to Staple Tye splash park, go it is out of this world 🪐 plus loos, what’s not to like? 🧴🥵

2023-07-21 11:34:23

Really think they need tk open them all summer, not just for 6 weeks Bishop's Stortford paddling pool is open ftom around May

2023-07-21 13:12:05

Makes up a bit for selling off the town pool and car park,we used to access the town park. Now homes and no town park parking

2023-07-21 14:15:50

Steve i agree with you there,the town has been ruined,i used to love the indoor swimming pool and was always in there with my mates and used to love getting a hot choc drink from the vending machine. Good times.

Bruce Downey
2023-07-22 14:38:38

Sunday, sunny day forecast😎 be there or be square..🕙

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