Help us raise £5000 to keep the pool open for 2018
Following 50% cuts to parks budgets in 2016, Lambeth Council stopped funding Streatham Common’s very popular Paddling Pool which would have closed without funding from The John Horseman Trust and your support. Since then we've raised a further £10,000 locally so the Streatham Common Co-operative could manage the Paddling Pool and open it as usual.
And to show your support, from May, you can pick up a free badge while stocks last from the Rookery Cafe.
When we surveyed the local community, 90% said they felt it was important that the paddling pool stays open, with £1,000's of pledges and dozens of offers of volunteers to help with the project.
To fund and open the pool for summer 2018 we need you to help us reach our target of £5000. If we raise this then we along with previous fundraising and support from Lambeth Council (for the utility bills and water testing), we will cover the full costs to enable us to open it again this season.
If we beat our target or any money is left over, it will go towards next seasons's costs.
And help us paint it!
Our contractors will commission the pump and give the surface a deep clean and this is where you come in.
We then need to paint the pool with special fast drying Solvent-Based, Chlorinated Rubber Paint, to seal it and help keep it clean. The paint has lasted two years but now with all the wear and tear we need to do it again. The pool is about 780m, so that's no small job.
The pool paint requires warm dry weather and then it takes two weeks to cure before we can fill it. So, it's a bit tricky to organise with the weather we've been having recently. We're looking for teams of around 8 people over a number of days in early May. Please sign up for a slot on the link below.
The Streatham Common Co-operative is a community run social enterprise managing Streatham Rookery. Many people know us as 'SCCoop'. We were the first community group in Lambeth to take over direct responsibility for a Lambeth Park.
Streatham Common’s Paddling Pool was built in 1938. It is located near the car park. There are picnic tables on the grassy area around the pool, which is enclosed and accessible through a gate, which makes it a safer area for very young children. It is free to use and very popular on sunny days for families with young children.
With your support, we can reach the target and keep this valuable community facility open for everyone again this year.