With the hard draught of 2006, the old paddling pool in Wimbledon Park cracked and was damaged beyond repair. The Heritage Group then went into action and found SunSafe Water Play Systems who are well known as the premier designer and constructor of kids' water play areas. Typically the SunSafe scheme has a flat surface and no standing water, but we wanted both the fountains and a paddling pool, so something quite special was designed. The total cost of the project was around £150,000 with a contribution from Merton Council to get the funding underway. What really made the new scheme happen was a very considerable contribution from a local resident whose little girl, Elisabeth, had tragically died the year before. She had been a happy user of the old pool and so it seemed only appropriate to name the new pool after her. The Elisabeth Pool officially opened on 14 July 2007 and to say it has been a success is an understatement! On hot days during school holidays, it is estimated that over a thousand kids will take advantage of the pool to play and cool off.
In 2010, a £15,000 upgrade to the chlorine and PH dosing system was made which has further enhanced the water safety quality for the pool. This contribution again came from our French benefactor and his wife.
The pool is normally open between the Saturday nearest the 1st of June and the end of the first week in September between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The images show you the old pool and then the construction sequence through the Spring of 2007 to the official opening in July.
Please help to keep the park tidy by using the litter bins.