and Summer 2016
on from the success of the Splash Dance,
we were thrilled to hear that a private
benefactor has been impressed with the
community backing of the campaign and
has pledged a substantial £50,000 towards
completion of the project in 2018.
in the Splash Dance!
of families had a great time in March
when local West End Choreographer, Lizzi
Gee got everyone taking part in a "Splash
Dance" in the (currenly empty) paddling
pool to rasie awareness for our campaign
to save the paddling pool by raising funds
to install a Spalsh Pad to replace it.
can find out more and learn the dance
on the park's Splash
Pad Appeal page on Facebook
enjoyed for many years, the paddling pool
at Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field
is to close.
are two Splash Pads - water play zones
that kids love - in Merton. There are
plans to create a third, final one. We
would really like it to be in OUR
sign the petition that has been set up
to help us show the Council that our park
is the right place for the new Spash Pad
sign the petition now
current paddling pool has been in place
since the 1930s' and opens six weeks of
the year during the school summer holidays.
The council cannot continue to maintain
this facility in the long term due to
its high running costs which can run upwards
of £10,000 per year.
of the Park are pleading with Merton council
who are responsible for the existing paddling
pool, to keep it open for one more year
(2016) whilst they try to raise funds
of £270,000 to replace the pool. The council
are backing the project and say they will
donate 10% of the funds if the remainder
can be raised.
Splash Pad has been fully costed and surveyed
and would be ready to be built on receipt
of the funds. The new Splash Pad would
be more efficient, cleaner, safer and
benefit from a remote facility to turn
the water jets on giving the community
more flexibility of opening times
thanks to all of you who support the Friends.
If you would like to join please click
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a member doesn't mean you have to do anything
more to support the Friends if you don't
want to. All we ask is for your membership
for a fee of just £5 per family
for lifetime membership.
the Friends shows that the park is a resource
you value and helps us to demonstrate
how important the park is to the community,
especially when local authority financing
is under strain, as it is now.
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Many thanks for supporting the Friends!