09 August, 2012
A newly refurbished wet play area in Eastbourne’s award-winning Princes Park is making a splash thanks to funding from council leaders.
An updated and safer rubber surface has been laid at the splash pad by Eastbourne Borough Council together with new water jets, fountains and showers as part of the £120,000 project.
The popular attraction was officially re-opened by Cllr Margaret Bannister and the Friends of Princes Park, who were joined by enthusiastic youngsters enjoying the superb new facility.
East Sussex County Council contributed £20,000 to the scheme to upgrade the dated former paddling pool. It now also boasts an area set aside for younger children to play in.
The winning design was chosen by more than 300 local school children who were invited to vote for their favourite design, and supported by all local ward councillors.
Cllr Bannister said: “The new splash pad is another great play facility for the youngsters of Eastbourne and is a huge improvement on the former pool, which after providing many years of fun was due for a facelift.
“This scheme demonstrates our on-going commitment to creating a healthy and vibrant environment for residents and visitors to our town, and this facility is a credit to our parks and gardens department which only recently refurbished both play areas in Princes Park.”
The splash pad will be open every day from 9am until the end of September.
Jacky Mullender, of the Friends of Princes Park, said: “The splash pad is yet another fantastic improvement to this wonderful park and comes after many other improvements and the retention of the coveted Green Flag. It is a real pleasure to see so many youngsters enjoying the splash pad.”