HUNDREDS of families flocked to enjoy a new splash park at the weekend which replaces Gosport’s crumbling outdoor pool.
The Gosport Splash Park, at Stokes Bay, opened on Saturday morning.
Gosport Borough Council had the play area built to replace the crumbling old splash pool which needed cash spent on it for repairs.
The mayor of Gosport, Councillor John Beavis, switched on the water for the first time on Saturday.
Cllr Graham Burgess is the chairman of the council’s community board.
He said: ‘It was very popular on its first day and the whole place was absolutely packed.
‘A lot of council officers gave their time to make sure everything went well and I am really grateful for their efforts.
‘The crumbling old paddling pool was past its sell-by-date and was going to cost an arm and a leg to repair.
‘So we have invested £270,000 to £280,000 to provide a new facility and it has worked very well.’
The Gosport Splash Park has a mix of traditional play areas along with a water play area which has jets and other equipment. The park is open all year round, until dusk each day.
The water features are switched on from April 1 until September 30.
On Sunday, health professionals and school nurses from the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust were at the park giving parents free advice on how to keep their children safe in the sun.
Kath Clark, the manager for health visiting and school nursing in Fareham and Gosport, said: ‘We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to ensure babies and young children can enjoy outdoor activities safely, by being protected from the sun at the new splash pool.
‘We look forward to working on more projects with the council in the future to enhance the health and wellbeing of children in Gosport.’
As reported in The News, the council decided to replace the derelict splash pool at Stokes Bay after a survey revealed it was too damaged to be repaired at a small cost.
A total of 28 firms expressed an interest in building the splash park.
The council invited four of those companies to tender for the work before awarding the contract to Sun Safe Play Systems Limited.