‘Welwyn Hatfield demands new Stanborough splash park‘

PUBLISHED: 17:34 02 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:40 02 March 2017

Splashlands in the mid 1970s, when it attracted crowds of thousands.

Splashlands in the mid 1970s, when it attracted crowds of thousands.


Families hoping for restoration of a wet play area in Stanborough Park have launched a new petition to keep Welwyn Hatfield’s political leaders under pressure to provide one soon.

A petition recently launched on the change.org website entitled Give WGC A Splash Park won nearly 40 signatures in just a few days.

Many of Welwyn Hatfield’s older residents have fond memories of the popular Splashlands swimming pool near the Stanborough boating lake, especially its two artificial sandy beaches surrounded by flowing water.

It closed in the late 1990s, but the borough council, which owns the park, has been considering options for a new wet play area there.

Jeanette Racey-Gibbs commented on Facebook: “It’s for our kids, so they have somewhere to go to have fun.”

Petition supporter Daghy Busse-Cruz wrote: “I live in Welwyn Garden City and I have a two-year-old baby. I think it’s a great idea to have a splash park here.”

A borough council spokeswoman told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Review work to refine the mix of new leisure facilities proposed for the north side of Stanborough Park continues. Our aim is for the Splashlands Project Board and cabinet to consider an options report during the first quarter of 2017/18.

“We hope to provide a further update at this stage.”

The council introduced the Vertigo high ropes attraction on the site of the former swimming pool partly in the hope of eventually funding a wet play area of some kind.

The petition can be supported at https://www.change.org/p/give-w-g-c-a-splash-park-give-w-g-c-a-splash-park/c/595878419

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