Paddling Pool Closed

Due to the COVID-19 virus we are sad to say there are currently no plans to open the paddling pool for the 2020 season.

About the pool

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.

Please help us to look after the pool by removing litter and other debris and putting it in the bins. If the bins are overflowing, please take your litter home with you. Litter can end up in the pool overnight as there is plenty of wildlife, and we cannot guarantee bins will be emptied in the evening. This could mean the pool has to be closed the next day.

2019 seasons of activity

27/08/2019 The pool is open again today - freshly drained, cleaned and refilled.

26/08/2019 The pool had to be closed on Monday 26th August due to broken glass found in it. This means it has to be drained and refilled. This is scheduled for today.

25/07/2019 The pool is open again today - freshly drained, cleaned and refilled.

24/07/2019 The pool is closed as last night somebody left several soiled nappies near the pool or threw them in, or wildlife did the job! So unfortunately it's had to be closed to drain down and refill so wont be open at all today. Sorry all - worst day for it.

The pool has been re-opened after a closure on 30th June due to broken glass found in it. This meant it has to be drained and refilled.

Thanks to the many in the community who together donated over £10'000s over the last few years, and donations from the Friends of Streatham Common we have manged to keep the paddling pool open again this year. This is the fouth year running that we have managed to keep the pool open. Four years ago Lambeth Council felt the pool was too expensive to run and decided to close it. SCCoop listened to the community and along with a generous donation from the Horseman Trust ran a successful funding campaign in 2015/16 to keep the pool open. Thank you to all who have supported us.

Regular Pool Opening Times

  • Monday – 10am – 6pm
  • Tuesday – 1pm – 6pm (Cleaning Day - we try to open as soon as we can, but 780m² of pool can take some cleaning!)
  • Wednesday – 10am – 6pm
  • Thursday – 10am – 6pm
  • Friday – 1pm – 6pm Cleaning Day
  • Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm

The machinery and pump is very old and often needs gentle encouragement to work effectively!

We also need to clean the pool twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. This is done by hand, as a jet-washer blasts the special rubberised paint off. We aim to start the pool filling by 1pm on cleaning days. Remember the pool won’t be full up by this time, it takes a good 18 hours to get to a reasonable depth, but enough water to have a splash in.

Sometimes if the old machinery breaks or the pool gets contaminated we may have to close unexpectedly. We will put a sign on the gate and update our Facebook and Twitter @sccoopstreatham and on our website here.

Thanks again for all your support and here’s to a great summer!!