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New Details Announced for Willen Lake’s Splash ‘n’ Play #PressRelease Listen out tomorrow morning on @BBC3CR as they ask @MKmums2015 what they think of the new proposals #NotImpressed


New Details Announced for Willen Lake’s Splash ‘n’ Play

Willen Lake, Milton Keynes’ most popular park, is excited to announce the latest details about its new splash park, Splash ‘n’ Play.

Splash ‘n’ Play is due to open on Saturday 15th July 2017, in time for the summer holidays. It will cover 1000m², making it one of the UK’s largest outdoor splash parks, and considerably bigger than others in the local area.

With over 60 unique water features, there will be plenty for children aged up to 13-years-old to enjoy. Highlights include a Super Splash, a large drench bucket; a water tunnel; eleven jets, a sail boat, water cannons and a Sea Serpent.

In the special toddler play area there will be a bespoke water journey area called The Race to help stimulate their imagination and interactive social skills. Toddlers can also enjoy the magic mist, aqua dome and water bugs features.

To ensure an enjoyable and safe experience is had by all, access to Splash ‘n’ Play will be controlled by dedicated splash park attendants, who will manage the sessions and ensure the area is kept clean and safe. They will also ensure there is no overcrowding, even on the busiest days. Sessions will cost £3 and last just 25 minutes, with a five-minute changeover between each session.

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Parents can watch from the dedicated viewing area. There will be separate toilets in this area, as well as a refreshment kiosk offering homemade ice-cream, hot and cold drinks, and snacks.

Rob Wood, General Manager, commented: “Since we announced the development at Willen Lake, we’ve been inundated by people wanting to find out more about Splash ‘n’ Play. We’re sure it will prove very popular; it’s going to be packed with features for children of all ages to enjoy, in the beautiful surroundings of Willen Lake.”

The new splash park is part of the first phase of a wider development at Willen Lake. This phase has cost £2.8million, and a second phase of around £1.5million is planned for next year to further improve the site’s facilities. The redevelopment has been funded completely by self-financing charity The Parks Trust, which manages and maintains over 6,000 acres of green space across Milton Keynes.

Mum to Mum Members have raised huge concerns re the:

  • Cost to park at Willen Lake
  • Cost to get in the the Splash n Play area
  • 25 minutes is just too short for a session
  • Parents cannot go in with their little ones
  • Most stating that they will still go to the Splash Park @ Leighton Buzzard or Wellingborough.

“I’d rather drive to Leighton buzzard an spend the day at there one for free!”

“Wellingborough has a free water play area that’s enclosed and has fountains etc on a safety floor. Free parking and you can stay all day!”

“25 minutes is ridiculous. I wouldn’t mind paying. But by the time you get the kids in, they’ll be coming out!”

“My issue is both, time and having to pay! Our council tax is expensive! I’m sure if other councils can fund it, why can’t ours? It’s terrible enough that we have to pay for parking just to walk around a lake!”

Watching this space to see if they change any of these proposals before the big launch.

For more information please visit www.willenlake.org.uk

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1 reply

  1. Paying isn’t the issue for me.

    The time is difficult to understand 25 mins isn’t very long ? What is the reasoning behind this?
    55 mins would be better ( allowing for 5 mins change over at the end)

    Parents can view separately
    Q) disabled children of all Sen needs will need closer support and supervision to be included so a parent will need to be in with them ( free carer) for safety and to enable access … what is the policy for this?

    q) will children be able to take their time changing ? Again kids with additional needs need longer to get changed even with support .

    Q) can you have 2 slots so the kids play longer ?

    The car parking us expensive can a discount of some kind be considered ?

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