Blow for parents as East Park’s splash pad closed this weekend

East Park’s water play area will not open this weekend due to ‘surfacing issues’, Hull Culture and Leisure has confirmed.

The £850,000 splash pad, which is surrounded by a picnic area, only opened last year. It is equipped with state-of-the-art water play jets, similar to those in Queen Victoria Square in Hull city center and a paddling pool.

The splash pad replaced the splash pool which council officials had to close in 2013 on health grounds. The decision was taken after 18 people suffered diarrhoea, stomach pains and vomiting after falling victim to a bug later blamed on bird droppings entering the pool’s underground water system.

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But families looking to spend some time there this weekend will be disappointed as it will be closed while working to address the surfacing problem is addressed. There is no indication of how long the work will take with the summer holidays looming.

On its Love Parks Hull Facebook page, Hull Culture and Leisure says: “Due to surfacing issues our East Park Water Play will be closed this weekend. We are working hard to rectify these issues and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. Waterplay areas at Alderman Kneeshaw Recreational Ground and West Park will be open as normal this weekend.”

This is not the first time there have been problems with the park. Shortly after its grand opening last year, the water play area had to close for a short period due to technical problems.

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