Summer kicks off with a splash

Merton youngsters will have something to splash about this week as Merton reopens its paddling pools in time for summer holidays.

The eight pools being reopened this week will see youngsters and families flock to the poolside for the opportunity to wade in and cool down.

Each year, Merton Council invests £ 50,000 in paddling pools to cover the cost of water, electricity, water treatment, staffing and maintenance.

The paddling pools open from the 26 July until 6 September from 10am to 6pm offering families a free, and fun day out this summer.

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Merton’s Cabinet Member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge said; “Extremely popular and right on residents doorsteps, the paddling pools offer families a fun and free day out in the warm weather. Let’s hope this summer continues to bring more of the heat so residents can make the most of cooling down in the many pools across the borough.’


The paddling pools in Merton are:
· Colliers Wood Recreation Ground, South Gardens, SW19 2NT
· Joseph Hood Recreation Ground, Martin Way, Morden SM4
· King George’s Playing Fields, Tudor Drive, Morden SM4 4PN
· Lewis Road Recreation Ground, Lewis Road, Mitcham, CR4
· Morden Park, London Road, Morden SM4 4SF
· Rowan Road Recreation Ground, Rowan Road, London Sw16 5JF
· Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields, Marina Avenue, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 6NE
· Tamworth Recreation Ground, London Road, Mitcham Sw19 7HT
· Wimbledon Park Interactive Water Play Area