Stoke Newington’s long-awaited splash pad is opening in Clissold Park on August 1.
Situated just opposite the goat enclosure in the former bowling green area, the splash pad features brightly-coloured tipping-buckets, water fountains and sprays. There’ll be little or no standing water (a move aimed at increasing safety).
It’s open from 11am till 6pm daily. Residents can book a free hour-long time slot. The facility is being run by Splash and Boats this summer and new accessible toilets and a café kiosk selling drinks, snacks and ice lollies have been constructed in the old bowling pavilion on site.
Kate Revere, Co-Chair of Stoke Newington Business Association, said: “This is such a lovely addition to Clissold Park and we hope that, as well as being great for locals, it will help attract people to the area – providing a boost for businesses here. I’ve already booked our spot for my family to enjoy it.
“There’s such a lot on offer in Stoke Newington – a brilliant theatre, the beautiful Woodberry Wetlands, loads of independent shops and restaurants. We’d urge anyone visiting the splash pad to make a day of it and see all the area has to offer.”
Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, said: “This new splash pad will be so much fun for families. We’ve worked hard - despite freight delays - to get it open as quickly as possible for everyone to enjoy."
The splash pad replaces a paddling pool in another part of the park which was said by the council to be beyond economical repair.
Among the other local public-space improvements underway are a £5m restoration project at Abney Park Cemetery.
To book a free session visit www.clissoldparksplashpad.co.uk