Southsea pool to get a £5,000 boost for summer

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PORTSMOUTH City Council is set to spend thousands of pounds to improve a seafront attraction.

The council has set aside £5,000 to spend on play equipment and other furniture at Southsea Splash Pool.

The pool, at the former Southsea Bowling Green, close to the beach volleyball courts, was opened last summer.

It is free for children aged eight and under, and includes shallow water and features including stepping stones, a bridge and a trampoline, for younger children to enjoy.

But when the £300,000 facility opened, it was agreed more items would have to be purchased, and the council has now agreed the £5,000 outlay.

The money will be used to buy seating, picnic benches, and seesaws.

The pool is considered by the council to be ‘self policing’, and costs £12,000 per year to run.

The council hopes it will encourage youngsters to be more active and attract people to the seafront.

It was opened alongside a water feature at Canoe Lake, aimed at older children.