Splash park completed at Cutteslowe Park

Published: Monday, 28th November 2016

Next summer families will be able to cool off and have fun in a new splash park at Cutteslowe Park.

The £200,000 facility was made possible thanks to £150,000 of investment from Oxford City Council and £50,000 from WREN.                                                     

The splash park includes 10 water features, ranging from gentle mists and a meandering waterway, to fountains, a jet streams and a spray arch.

It also incorporates sustainable water systems, meaning some of the water used by the facility will be recycled in other areas of the park, including to flush the nearby public toilets.

The free-to-use facility replaces – and is on the same footprint as – the popular-but-outdated paddling pool.

The Splash Park will officially open in May 2017 and will remain open through the summer until the end of September.

Oxford City Council has invested heavily in Cutteslowe Park over the last year. Both pavilions were upgraded as part of the City Council’s £4.5m investment to improve sports pavilions across Oxford and a beach volleyball court was installed last year.

Councillor Linda Smith, Executive Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sport, said: “The City Council is committed to improving our parks and open spaces for all residents and the new splash play area means that Cutteslowe Park is now an even better destination for families with young children.

“There's so much to do here, including playing at a choice of two play areas, feeding the ducks, riding the miniature railway, visiting the aviaries, playing mini-golf and getting a snack at the cafe.

“I played in this park often myself as a child and now I bring my own kids here to enjoy everything the park has to offer."

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Joe Newby, WREN’s grant manager for Oxford, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to support the new splash and play water park at Cutteslowe Park, and pleased our funding will have such a positive impact on the community and the environment.

“WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and we’re looking forward to seeing the impact of this one very soon.”