Promenade Park Splash Park and Beach Huts
Published on Wednesday, 1st July 2020
Maldon District Council has announced it will not be opening the Splash Park and Beach Huts in the Valley area of Promenade Park this year.
Director of Service Delivery Richard Holmes said: “All water parks in the country will be facing the same difficult decision and timescale pressures of the summer months. The Council expects to receive an update on reopening of pools and water parks from government mid-July.
“We know the continued closure will be a disappointment for residents and visitors. Sadly, however, it’s not a case of simply turning on the taps. A specialist company is required to bring the Splash Park back into service after its Winter shutdown in September 2019 and this request has already been booked and cancelled twice.
“Each year we recruit and train staff to operate the park and ensure public safety. Safeguarding requirements for the Disclosure Barring Service checks take at least six to ten weeks, by which time, the season will have unfortunately come to an end.
"We understand that this will be a great disappointment to many of you who come to Promenade Park, and we are disappointed too. However, to reopen a facility where we could put users at risk would be irresponsible of us. The health and welfare of visitors is always our priority.
“There are still plenty of things open in the Park, refreshments available from the kiosks, adventure golf, petting zoo, tennis courts, sandpit, picnic areas, toilets have reopened throughout the park (10am – 5pm), with social distancing measures in place, and we hope to be able to reopen our play sites in the coming weeks.”
Cllr Adrian Fluker, Leader of Maldon District Council, said; “We appreciate that not reopening the splash park and beach huts will be disappointing. The difficulty we have in being able to reopen the area, coupled with the health and safety concerns, has meant that we have had to make the difficult decision not to open this part of the Park. We will be taking the opportunity to undertake maintenance and improvement works to the Splash Park ready for next year. It is still important that social distancing and regular handwashing is maintained whilst in the Park and we would also ask visitors to help us to keep our Park clean and tidy.”