Youngsters Get A Splashing Way To Keep Cool

Find your nearest paddling pool

Youngsters are making a splash after Merton's paddling pools have been opened for the summer.

The pools, now open in parks across the borough, give families and children the chance to cool off in the hot weather.

They open from 10am to 5pm every day in the summer holidays until August 31. Wimbledon Park's interactive water play area (right) has been open since May and will also remain in use until 31 August.

The paddling pools in Merton are:

· Colliers Wood Recreation Ground, South Gardens, SW19 2NT
· Joseph Hood Recreation Ground, Martin Way, Morden SM4
· King George's Playing Fields, Tudor Drive, Morden SM4 4PN
· Morden Park, London Road, Morden SM4 4SF
· Rowan Road Recreation Ground, Rowan Road, London SW16 5JF
· Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields, Marina Avenue, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 6NE
· Tamworth Recreation Ground, London Road, Mitcham, SW19 7HT
· Wimbledon Park Interactive Water Play Area, Home Pard Road, SW19 7HU.

Visitors to Tamworth Rec, Figges Marsh, can look forward to brand new water sprays and play facilities following improvement works to the water play area after it was officially opened by the Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina. The opening event helped to mark Love Parks Week which is taking place from Friday (July 25) – Monday August 3.

Funding for the interactive water play area was provided by Merton Council and a donation from a generous contributor, who wishes to remain anonymous, in memory of their daughter Elisabeth. A memorial has been placed beside the water play area in her memory.

But the Lewis Road Recreation Ground paddling pool in Mitcham will remain closed due to a severe lack of water pressure. The council says it would take over 10 hours to fill the pool every day, and it would have to be drained again at the end of each day. This is not feasible or practical.

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July 23, 2014