Work on Wyndham Park’s new paddling pool in Grantham will begin later this month.
The pool will close to the public on Monday, September 8, with work starting to deliver the new spray park and pool style facility for the 2015 season.
Following public consultation in 2013 and a tender process, South Kesteven District Council awarded the design and build contract to RWH Construction who will install a Waterplay branded design.
The new design will enable SKDC and grounds maintenance contractors Glendale to collect up to 5,000 litres of water for irrigation at the end of each day.
Among the features is a Waterplay product named The Fun Guy. SKDC have chosen to customise this with an illustration of a griffin as a tribute to Mary Ellen Griffin, the owner and benefactor of the paddling pool area in the park until its sale in 1921.
The pool will include flush-mounted jets and a Power Post, which allows waterplayers to start a sequence of water jets at the touch of a button.
SKDC’s portfolio holder for leisure, arts and culture Coun Bob Adams said: “We’re very pleased with how the new design will incorporate the traditional element of the pool, together with new play features that residents and visitors I am sure will enjoy. It’s environmentally friendly features are also a real plus to the park.
“Rebuilding the pool at this time of year will cause minimum disruption to the thousands of people in Grantham and South Kesteven we know enjoy using it in peak season.”
Elizabeth Bowskill, secretary of Wyndham Park Forum, said: “This is an exciting stage in the planned improvement programme for Wyndham Park. The paddling pool was built in 1923 but is in need of refurbishment so we are very pleased to see this project finally underway and hope that the new paddling pool facility will continue to provide fun and enjoyment for children over the next 90 years.”
The Rotary Club of Grantham has also donated new seating to accompany the pool.
Residents can follow RWH and Waterplay on facebook to keep abreast with updates, news and photographs on the project at https://www.facebook.com/pages/RWH-Construction-Ltd/327406574053077?fref=ts
A successful application to WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd) in November 2013 resulted in £42,871 being awarded towards the £80,000 project.