Belvedere Beach is set to open this Thursday on former splash park site as summer holidays get underway
PUBLISHED: 09:25 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:18 25 July 2017
It will open from midday
Families looking for somewhere to visit on their doorsteps during the summer holidays will be able to return to a “tremendous landmark” at a Belvedere park.
Belvedere Beach opens to the public this Thursday, after the council decided to fully close the splash park formerly based at the site in 2016.
Hygiene concerns and a faulty filtration system put the park’s future in jeopardy after the seasonal splash park remained closed during the summer of 2015, with fears the council could have sold it off.
But with the summer holidays now officially underway, the council has announced the new £350,000 park is ready to open, ahead of the expected autumn opening.
Billed as “inclusive and educational,” the park, which is expected to cost between £5,000 and £10,000 a year to run, offers sensory equipment and is accessible for children with additional needs, with a grounded roundabout for all children, including those in wheelchairs, to be use.
Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure said: “Belvedere Beach is a tremendous landmark that will be here for years to come. Both contemporary and unique, children of all abilities will be able to take part in themed, imaginary play. And with the on-site facilities, families can now stay and play for longer.
“The new playground will also be open all year round and is yet another reason to come and visit our fantastic borough. I am looking forward to the opening next week and hope to see lots of people there.”
Opening from midday, the summer theme will be apparent with a boat climbing frame, low-level water play areas and palm tree basket swings all available in the playground, while the park will be able to finally reopen its open spaces after work began on site in April.
Refurbishment works to improve paths, steps and toilets have all taken place, along with an improved kiosk for refreshments, picnic tabes and a disabled access ramp.
The free to use park on Woolwich Road will open after a special unveiling ceremony with children and the mayor of Bexley Peter Reader.
Funding for the park’s redevelopment came from local developer payments, a £150,000 grant from the Cory Environmental Trust and council investment.