Work on a £850,000 major refurbishment of the East Park splash pool will begin later this year, Hull City Council has confirmed.
The budget has been set aside to reinstate a splash pool in East Park which council officials had to close in 2013 on health grounds.
It forms part of a wider scheme which will see a £250,000 upgrade to the splash boat which is the city’s oldest surviving pleasure ride and is also a grade two listed structure.
Councillors gave the go-ahead to plans in February this year, but no timescales were given. The council has now confirmed the work will begin later this year and says it hopes to open the new splash pool next year.
The children’s paddling pool was originally installed as part of a Heritage Lottery-backed £10.3m restoration project five years earlier.
But it was closed after 18 people suffered diarrhoea, stomach pains and vomiting after falling victim to a bug which was later blamed on bird droppings entering the pool’s underground water system.
Some later received compensation from the council.
Cabinet councillors gave the investment the go-ahead after being told experts from Public Health England would be consulted on the design specification for the new-look splash pool.
They also heard that a failure to improve the facility could result in Heritage Lottery officials requesting repayment of the original £750,00 grant awarded for the development of a splash pool.
The new-look splash pool will also come with a ten-year maintenance programme aimed at avoiding the previous problems at the site.
Another £400,000 is being spent on reopening the aviary at Pickering Park in west Hull.
It was closed three years ago on health and safety grounds and is currently overgrown, having suffered from vandalism and vermin infestation in recent years.
For summer 2019, there will be six free paddling pools open from Saturday, July 20, at Pickering Park, Alderman Kneeshaw, Oak Road Playing Fields, Bude Park, Bude Road, West Park and Ings Park.
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