Coate Water Splash Park to stay closed until next year

By Barrie Hudson - 31 July 2023


Plans for a new splash park at Coate Water will be brought forward following the latest equipment failure.

The splash park was closed earlier this month after it developed another fault following routine maintenance.
It was hoped the popular play area could be repaired so children could enjoy the facilities over the summer holidays.
However, specialist contractors say the latest repairs would cost more than £10,000 and could not be carried out until the middle of August, leaving little time for children to enjoy the park before it is closed again for the autumn and winter period.
The council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Transport, Cllr Chris Watts, has now tasked council officers to begin the procurement process for a brand-new splash park with the aim of it opening next year.
He said: "Coate Water is one of the Borough’s most loved country parks and we want to make it even better, which includes ensuring the facilities are fit for purpose for the people who use it. 
"Since I took over as Cabinet Member it has been clear that the splash park was at the end of its life and would need to be completely replaced. 

“We had hoped we would get one more summer out of it, but the plant is creaking at the seams and could not stand up to the latest routine maintenance. 

"We’ve therefore taken the decision now not to spend thousands of pounds for just a few weeks of use and to concentrate all our efforts on creating a new splash park which can be used for many years to come.

“Through the procurement process we will be reaching out to interested parties and stakeholders to help guide us to our final decision by creating a focus group. 

"This will form part of a larger plan to re-open the golf facilities, provide an enhanced catering offering and a cleaning program for the lake to allow greater and more diverse use.”


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