Welwyn Garden City one step closer to getting splash park

PUBLISHED: 17:31 19 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:32 19 April 2016

Former Splashlands site

Former Splashlands site


Major plans to create a Welwyn Garden City splash park, adventure play area, new pavilion and cafe costing at least £1.9million are finally taking shape.

The Splashlands swimming pool in its 1970s heydayThe Splashlands swimming pool in its 1970s heyday

After years of public campaigning for a wet play area in Welwyn Garden City, a meeting recently took place to discuss proposals and the cost of the project.

Councillors appointed to the cross-party Splashlands Project Board attended a workshop at the Welwyn Hatfield Council offices.

The meeting was run by consultants who are “revising the leisure options, business case and cost plan for new facilities in the north side of Stanborough Park”, a council spokesman said.

During the meeting, discussions centred on “proposals for a new pavilion building and cafe, a wet play ‘splash pad’ area, a dry adventure play area, and revisions to the car park area and access to and from Stanborough Road”, the spokesman added.

Reg Potter diving in the swimming pool he managed in the 1970s.Reg Potter diving in the swimming pool he managed in the 1970s.

Other ideas mentioned at the meeting included crazy golf and trampolining.

Parents have long called for a replacement for Splashlands after it closed in the 1990, but the council’s plan to develop a wet play area on the north side of Stanborough Park was derailed in June 2013 after a woman fell from the high ropes attraction.

A council spokesman said: “In recent years, the council has continued to set aside £1.9million for the next phase of work at Splashlands and remains committed to developing new leisure facilities alongside the high ropes course for the whole borough to enjoy.

“The recent workshop was an opportunity for a cross-party group of councillors to consider a range of proposals for the site, and we look forward to seeing the report in the early summer.

“The council is expecting the consultants to deliver their report and recommendations back to the project board in the first half of June this year.

“The board will then report to the council’s cabinet on a proposed programme of works. There is no set timescale for this project to come to fruition at this time, but there remains a commitment from councillors to see this area regenerated and facilities improved for local people.”

The spokesman added: “Negotiations remain ongoing with a potential operator for the High Ropes adventure course in Stanborough Park. The council hopes to have a lease agreement in place shortly. We will then work with the operator towards an opening date for the course in time for the summer.”

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