Hilsea splashpool reopens in time for the school holidays

Children enjoy the splashpool at Hilsea
Children enjoy the splashpool at Hilsea
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YOUNGSTERS are set to have a great time this summer with the opening of Hilsea’s splashpool.

The pool, which cost £332,000 for Portsmouth City Council to create, opened to the public today and will remain open every day until the end of the school summer holidays.

It is aimed at children under the age of eight, and has two shallow water pools no deeper than five inches – a similar design to the successful Southsea splashpool.

The facility also boasts play features, rubber safety surfacing, new toilets and baby change facilities, seats and picnic tables.

Councillor Lee Hunt, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘I’m pleased that the new splashpool at Hilsea is open in time for the summer half term.

‘It’s a great place where families can come together and let their children play in a safe and attractive environment.

‘I hope the weather stays nice this summer so they really can make the most of it.’

The facility will be run by Hilsea Lido Pool for the People Trust, which aims to reopen the lido for public use.

The trust recently opened a kiosk in the Blue Lagoon to help fund their project and has set up a watersports centre on the site which offers wakeboarding and water zorbing on the nearby lake.

Helen Downing-Emms, vice-chairwoman of the trust, said: ‘Since we opened the kiosk we’ve seen more and more children turn up in their swimming costumes ready to paddle only to be disappointed that it wasn’t open.

‘There is a real desire for a splashpool here and there is a lot of excitement now that it has opened.

‘It’s great news for us too because it raises awareness of when we are doing here and gives people a change to see the progress we are making. And it will help boost sales at our kiosk which funds our project to reopen the lido.’

The new splashpool is open daily from 11am to 6pm.