Making a big Splash!
It's only been one week since Splashlands, the new wet and dry adventure and play facility in Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City, has opened, but it's proving to be a huge hit with visitors.
To ensure there is safe social distancing, a maximum of 130 people are allowed on the splash pad area for 60 minutes at a time. Every one of these hour long sessions has been full resulting in over 9,000visitors enjoying the water jets and adventure playground since it opened on 30 July - many of them, sharing their delight on social media:
'...it was fab!!! Well organised and friendly staff.' (Ilonka)
'It's beautiful, amazing and it's the best splash park we have been to for sure.' (Vikki)
'Loved the day seeing children happy playing in the water I would go again very soon. Thank you.'(Sara)
The council and GLL ('Better'), which manages Splashlands, have been closely monitoring how things have been running during the first week, as well as carefully listening to visitor feedback.
One of the main requests has been for a booking system so the council is pleased to confirm that from Monday 10 August, this will be in place. One hundred spaces will be available to book for each of the 60 minute sessions, via the 'Better UK' app. Thirty spaces will be held back and made available each hour to those people who turn up on the day. GLL staff are on site all of the time at Splashlands to help and advise visitors if needed.
Councillor Terry Mitchinson, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Communications said,
It's really fantastic to see thousands of people enjoying Splashlands. By introducing this booking system, we hope it will make things easier and more convenient for visitors, so they can make the most of their stay. We also appreciate that not everyone will want to book this way and so we're holding back 30 spaces for each of the 60 minute sessions, for people on the gate who just turn up on the day.
We hope that everyone has a great time while staying safe, taking care to play their part by keeping a safe distance from others.
For information on downloading the 'Better UK' app and booking a Splashlands session in advance of your visit, go to https://www.better.org.uk/news/download-the-better-uk-app.
For details on Splashlands and booking a session, please see the FAQs on our website here