Paddling pool’s makeover reaches key milestone

The major refurbishment of the popular paddling pool in Hamworthy Park has reached its first key milestone.

Over 100 bored reinforced concrete piles are being installed to improve ground stability of the new pool. These piling works will take a few weeks to complete and will create a firm foundation for the pool. A much-loved feature of the park, the new paddling pool works will mean that the attraction will continue to be enjoyed by new generations of residents and visitors.

This phase of work will be followed by alterations to utility supplies and the installation of a reinforced concrete slab.  Cast in sections and connected by watertight movement joints, this protects the pool against changing water levels from tidal flow and localised flooding

Cllr John Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Borough of Poole, said: “This popular paddling pool has provided endless family fun over the last 80+ years, so it’s great to see such extensive foundation work being carried out to ensure this free facility can be enjoyed by future generations too.

“Residents and visitors are really excited to see the refurbishment of their new pool from the ground up. We look forward to following its progress to the point where we are able to dip our toes into the pool for the first time.”

Pat Bullock from Friends of Hamworthy Park, said: “With the full support of the community, we are delighted that works have started and we are very much looking forward to seeing the finished pool.”

With 90% of funding supplied by Borough of Poole, the works will cost £381,000. They are on schedule and will be completed before the coming summer. 

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