New Gosport splash park closes after damage found

From left, Southampton City Council leader Simon Letts, Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones, and Isle of Wight Council leader Jonathan Bacon sign the formal application for a Solent Combined Authority in 2016

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A NEW splash park has been forced to partly shut after damage to its surface was found.

A small split to the safety surface at the base of the slide was spotted during daily pre-opening checks at the £250,000 children’s facility at Stokes Bay, in Gosport.

The dry side play area remains open but contractors have to wait for the area to dry before they can lay a new and thicker surface at the park. This may happen over the weekend.

A council statement apologised but said children’s safety was ‘paramount.’

The statement said: ‘ As soon as the weather forecast predicts a window long enough to complete the works, the repairs will be carried out.

‘Saturday or Sunday. The good news is that the dry side play area is still available to use.’ The facility opened on June 1.