Work to refurbish the popular paddling pool in Hamworthy Park began this week much to the delight of local residents.
The paddling pool has been a favourite feature of the park since 1931 and is now benefiting from a major overhaul to ensure it can continue to provide family fun for future generations.
The refurbishment work will take around 12 weeks to complete and includes:
- the demolition and removal of the original base
- installation of a new reinforced concrete slab and wall, fitting within the existing area, and new coping stones around the edges
- boring of 114 reinforced concrete piles to support the new foundations
- relocation of the beach slope feature to the west of the pool to improve water quality
Cllr John Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Borough of Poole, said: “The Council has been committed to refurbishing this pool for some years now and it’s been a real roller coaster ride, but it's really gratifying to see work start. Last year the Council identified funding, with help from funds raised by the Friends of Hamworthy Park. Although some external funding was subsequently not forthcoming, we dug deep to make up the shortfall because the pool is something people love.
“I am delighted the works will finish before the summer so local residents and visitors can make the most of this free facility during the hotter months and create a wealth of new memories to treasure in the future.”
The existing pool has suffered from a series of cracks due to the tidal flow and flooding in the area affecting the pool’s base. The new pool will have over 100 bored reinforced concrete piles installed to improve ground stability and the new reinforced concrete slab will be cast in sections connected by watertight movement joints to create flexibility and reduce the effect of changing water levels.
The works costing £381,000 will be completed before the coming summer.
Hamworthy Park Pool Refurb