The Pool has now closed for the Season
We did it - thank you for crowdfunding the paddling pool.
Opening 4th June 10am.
The Pool is open every day from 10am to 6pm except Mondays and Fridays when the pool opens at 11am. This is to allow extra time for cleaning.
Occasionally the pool needs to be closed at short notice for cleaning (glass or water contamination the usual cause), so please accept our apologies if it's not open when you arrive.
Please note the pool is unsupervised, you are responsible for your children and their safety.
UPDATE: We've done it and are working hard to get the pool open.
The fundraiser is now closed.
Last year we were we were unable to open the paddling pool, as there was too much uncertainty around Coronavirus last March when the decision was needed. This year should be different. In 2016 Lambeth Council stopped funding Streatham Common's paddling pool and now we rely on your donations, volunteers and a small staff team to run the pool.
This year has unfortunately started in a familiar pattern, however things are looking better now! With the government roadmap and the experience of last year, we now have a lot more certainty it should be possible to open the pool this year. This is great news.
In 2016 the popular Paddling Pool would have closed without funding from The John Horseman Trust and your support. Since then we've raised a further £15,000 locally to run the Paddling Pool and keep it open.
We're starting the work now to get the required services and plans in place - these are:
Commissioning the installation of the pump
Ordering the paint, and asking for volunteers to help paint the pool
Hiring the staff to clean the pool and pick up the litter - and this year we're planning more staff hours as the litter got somewhat out of hand in 2019 despite our pleas for people to take their litter home with them
Ongoing Water testing and chlorination
Putting in place call out services - e.g. drain clearance - we've had a lot of problems with the drains!
Insurance and other administration.
Our costs to open the pool for the season are working out at £9,000 and we've also found out there's a problem with the drainage costing £1000 to investigate. So, keeping back a small reserve for unexpected repairs, we have around half amount from previous years fundraising that we can carry over (thanks so much for that!), so that gives us £5,000 target to raise this year.
If you think you could do something to help reopen the paddling pool, can help us source additional funding, or if you have any other questions – please email: email@example.com
The Streatham Common Co-operative