EXCITED children were let loose at the opening of a new splash pool.
The Hilsea Jubilee Splash Pool, next to Hilsea Lido, cost Portsmouth City Council £332,000 and has two shallow water pools, play features, new toilets, seats and picnic tables.
The council has commissioned the Hilsea Lido Pool for the People Trust to look after the pool.
It was opened by the editor of The News, Mark Waldron, along with Portsmouth’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Jonas.
Mr Waldron said: ‘I was delighted to come and open it as it means a lot to me.
‘As a boy growing up in Cowplain it used to be a treat for me in my summer holidays to spend my time here.
‘As a newspaper, we back the Hilsea Lido Pool for the People Trust and I must thank the council for all it has done.’
Depending on the weather, the splash pool will be open every day from 11am until 6pm until the end of the summer school holidays.
Cllr Jonas said: ‘The pool is superb.
‘This will be packed and it’s just what people would like to see in this area.
‘I just wish I was young enough to join in because it really looks fun.’
Hilsea ward councillor Alistair Thompson, came up with the idea of naming the pool the Hilsea Jubilee Splash Pool. He said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted.
‘This is an investment by the council and a vote of confidence in the lido trust.
‘I’m pleased the council agreed to have Jubilee in the name because it marks this facility in time.’
The pool’s design is based on the popular Southsea splash pool, which has been open since 2010. It is aimed at children aged eight and under and is free to use.
Helen Downing-Emms, the vice-chairwoman of the lido trust, said: ‘It’s been great to see the looks on the children’s faces when they come in here.
‘For the trust it’s great because it’s another facility that is bringing the area into use.’
The trust is currently working on restoring Hilsea Lido to be reopened to the public. It recently opened a kiosk in the Blue Lagoon to help fund the project.