Work starts on Splashlands

A ground-breaking event on Wednesday (30 October) marked the start of construction on the new adventure and splash play area at Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City.

Splashlands ground-breaking

Councillors and council staff attended the event, which saw Mayor Councillor Roger Trigg, Leader of the Council, Councillor Tony Kingsbury, and Councillor Terry Mitchinson break the ground with shovels.


The purpose-built leisure facility will include a large 600m2 splash park, with a paddling stream through the centre. This will be surrounded by a nautical themed adventure play area, including a large explorer ship and a variety of play equipment for children of all ages.


There will also be an outdoor gym and sports pitch, providing teenagers and adults with a range of new health and fitness activity options.


The current play area will be replaced with an assortment of seating and picnic spaces. The play area will be closed from Wednesday 5 November as construction of the new facility takes place.


Councillor Terry Mitchinson, Executive Member for Policy, Culture and Communications, said:

This is a really exciting step forward in delivering a fantastic new facility for local people, and we know how much residents are really looking forward to Splashlands taking shape and opening next year.


Residents will be unable to use the current play area as construction work takes place over the winter, but it will be worth the wait once the new splash play area opens.


Splashlands is scheduled to open in summer 2020, coinciding with Welwyn Garden City's centenary year. Entrance to the site will be free.


High Ropes will remain open as usual throughout the works. For opening times, please visit:


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