THE CAMPAIGN TO KEEP WATER PLAY
The current paddling pool has been in place since the 1930s and opens six weeks of the year during the school summer holidays. The council annually reviews their budget and during such reviews the Paddling Pool has been put under threat of closure due (amongst other reasons) to its high running and maintenance costs etc.
Friends of the Park have always campaigned to keep water play a feature of the park and have worked hard to ensure that the council continue to open the pool over the summer months for all to enjoy. Since our last major campaign in 2016 when the friends were last informed that the pool was potentially at risk, the pool has remained open. In 2018 ID Verde took over the management of Green Spaces in Merton and in 2022 after the immediate threat of Covid had passed, the pool was refurbished and opened during the majority of the hot summer months.