Photo opportunity

What: Opening of Lewis Road Recreation Ground paddling pool involving children from Liberty Primary School
When: Monday 3 July – 11.30am
Where: Lewis Road Recreation Ground, paddling pool, CR4

A timely intervention by Merton Council’s leisure department has ensured that the majority of paddling pools in the borough will open early for summer 2006.

Originally scheduled to open on Saturday 22 July, a number of paddling pools will now open on Monday July 3, with the exception of Wimbledon Park, which opened on Saturday 24 June. The proposed drought order by Thames Water due to take effect on Tuesday 1 August prompted the move that will ensure Merton’s children at least have access to paddling pools for the month of July.

The following pools will open next Monday:

Joseph Hood Recreation Ground
Colliers Wood Recreation Ground
Rowan Road Recreation Ground
Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields
Ravensbury Park
Tamworth Farm Recreation Ground
Lewis Road Recreation Ground

Councillor Tariq Ahmad, Cabinet member for Environment and Traffic Management said:

“After meeting with officers and members of the community, we felt it was important a solution was found. I am therefore delighted that we have been able to open most of the pools in Merton, despite the challenges of the drought orders. This is a decision, which I hope will bring relief to parents and enjoyment to hundreds of children across the borough this summer.

“I would like to convey my appreciation to the officers and staff at the council who have made this possible and the efficiency with which the decision was implemented. This demonstrates our commitment to ensure that we put residents first, in Merton.”

The two paddling pools to remain closed until further notice are Morden Park and King George’s playing field, as they fall under Sutton & East Surrey Water who were granted a drought order.

Please be advised that if there are adverse weather conditions next Monday, it is likely that the photo opportunity will be cancelled.