Getting set to make a Splash! on seafront

An artist's impression of the new Splash! park for St Annes seafront
An artist's impression of the new Splash! park for St Annes seafront
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St Annes seafront is set to feature an exciting new family attraction in time for the peak summer holiday season.

Work will start on April 30 on the Splash! water play area – a joint project between the Promenade Gardens Friends and Fylde Council to transform a long derelict former paddling pool in the Promenade Gardens close to the town’s golf Mini-Links site.

The water play area, called Splash!, is intended for youngsters aged between three and 12 and the Friends group has been working on the project in partnership with Fylde Council for the last two years.

Funding to the tune of £250,000 has come from the Lancashire Environmental Fund and The Lions Club as well as Lancashire County Council and Fylde Council community grants and Section 106 funding.

The feature, which will be free to use, will include water play equipment; spray loops, water sprays, bucket drops, water domes and a small section for paddling.

The play area will be fully set within the existing paddling pool wall and the surfacing will comprise of colourful wet pour in an attractive design with flowers and water references which take their inspiration from the Heritage Edwardian Garden setting.

Fylde Council tourism and leisure chairman Coun Cheryl Little said: “It will be a mini family adventure park all on its own for residents and visitors alike come rain or shine.”

Friends group chairman Ian Roberts said: “Consultation exercises with visitors and local people has established considerable enthusiasm for this project.”

Council leader Coun Sue Fazackerley said: “It had been my dream, for very many years, to see the former paddling pool in the Promenade Gardens restored, having enjoyed many happy hours there as a child.

“I can’t wait for it to open!”