Work ‘on track’ to open Belvedere Beach on splash park site in time for the summer
PUBLISHED: 16:16 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:21 19 June 2017
A formal opening event is hoped to take place next month
While the June heatwave keeps its grip on Bexley, the long-awaited Belvedere Beach could open as early as next month.
Replacing the well-loved splash park, which closed over environmental fears in 2014, the council development is expected to operate as a park all-year round once open.
Work to create the new park began in March, and the park was closed to visitors in April following the Easter holidays to allow for building work to get on without public safety risks.
With the sun baking down, some Belvedere residents may have been ready for an early opening, but today it was confirmed an opening was at least a month away.
Drainage and ground work was completed at the site in May, and photos taken from the site reveal much of the park’s play area has already been installed.
However building work isn’t quite finished yet, with refurbishment works to the park’s kiosk and toilet facilities set to take place in July.
It is understood current council estimates are pencilling in a grand opening for the site for the last weekend of July, or early August.
Peter Craske is the council’s cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure and has been backing the development since it was first announced in November last year after the council failed to find a suitor to take over the splash park site.
He said: “The Belvedere Beach will be a playground open all year round, and open to all. Its design includes facilities for children with disabilities and will be a landmark playground in London and beyond, one that means families and friends can have fun on the beach every day of the week.
“I am bursting with pride at the progress on Bexley’s new playground. From something that started as an idea on a piece of paper, to see it becoming a reality is truly fantastic. I want to thank my team of council officers and everyone who has worked on this project, for their hard work to make this happen.”
Later this week, students from St Augustine’s Primary School are expected to visit the site to test out the facilities installed so far.