*******Since publishing this post, Councillor Mike White has reached out to us to assure FOHP of his, and BoPs, unwavering support. Read more here *******

Dear Friends,

The Trustees attended a meeting with the Council on January 9th regarding the paddling pool refurbishment project.

Paddling Pool Project – funding gap

At this meeting, we were informed by Council officers that the paddling pool project is underfunded by approx £83,600. We were told that this additional funding must be found by 21st January in order for the work on the paddling pool refurbishment to commence. As you can understand, we were shocked! The amount needed and the timescale given to raise the funds seem designed to spell the end of the paddling pool project.

Why has this happened? 

Up until the meeting on 9th January, the Friends had been told that the project was going ahead. We had raised the issue of a potential funding gap at a meeting in October but were reassured by Council officers that the project finances had been evaluated and signed off to proceed.

We knew we had lost one funding bid for £50,000 in late November but, again, had been assured throughout December and early January that the project would be proceeding according to schedule.

Despite these assurances, at the meeting on 9th Jan, we were told there were only 11 days to find approx £83,600 of funding (made up of the initial funding gap, the loss of the £50,000 funding bid, and the difference between the projected cost and the final cost of the project.)

What is being done? 

Council officers are looking for alternative funding but sufficient funds have not been forthcoming with only 7 days now remaining to the deadline. In the meantime, FOHP will continue to do everything we can to get this project over the line.

We have released the £25,000 raised by the local community towards the construction of the pool and have offered an additional £6,000 to the funding pot. We are talking with various funding providers and will spend the remaining time up to 21st January approaching local businesses and looking for additional donations wherever we can find them.

How can I help?

We need FOHP members to spread the word to any businesses or potential donors who could help.

If you can help, please contact our Treasurer, Stan Chatterton, on 01202 568173, visit our Mydonate page, or email us on: friendsofhamworthypark@hotmail.com

Talk to the Trustees

The Trustees will be in Hamworthy park, by the Park Cafe, on Wednesday, 16th January, 10.00-14.00, and on Saturday, 19th January, 10.00-14.00, to answer your questions and to talk to any members who want a more detailed update.

We are doing everything in our power to raise as much money as we can to see this project to a happy conclusion. We are not giving up.

With thanks for your support,

FOHP Trustees

*******Since publishing this post, Councillor Mike White has reached out to FOHP to assure us of his, and BoPs, unwavering support. Read more here *******


We are still taking donations for the Paddling Pool fund. Thank you for your support.

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22 thoughts on “Paddling Pool Update – 7 days to save the pool!”

  1. I have used this pool so many times over the years and it is free so why can you not charge a small entry fee I would be willing to pay even if its £1 per family alot of people use this facility everyday during peak season surely that would help with the general maintenance of the place.

  2. Have you tried to apply to the Heritage Lottery or Poole community infrastructure levy fund? Neither will fill the gap within that time frame but just an idea if you get more time.

  3. Have you thought of asking big local businesses like sun seeker as that’s a close local firm or local celebrity like harry redknabb it would be such a shame to lose it spend a lot of time there when my daughter was younger

  4. Have you tried crowdfunding? You have very little time but if you can show the council that given more time you can bridge the gap. Unfortunately it is in Hamworthy and not in Poole Park.

  5. It would be a great loss to the community and has been an asset for many years giving pleasureto many young children teaching them safely not to be afraid of water and learning to swim in a control environment . A great start to early exercise .

  6. My children are 22 and 19 and 18 and 16 and now I have grandchildren of four and three months my children and my grandchildren have had so much fun it will be such a Shame for it not to be there anymore we live in Wareham and we travel there a lot in the summer savethe paddling pool ??????

  7. Cannot the project be Crowd Funded?? I have heard this form of funding can work well and achieve the desired result in money raised.
    Although I know nothing about doing this.

  8. Last summer in late August we took our Twin Grandchildren to Hamworthy Park paddling pool. They are seven years old. I chanced upon the idea because I saw a picture of when it had first opened which reminded me that I had gone there at much the same age, approximately 1968/9. I must have remembered because it was a memorable experience. I can honestly say this last Summer at the pool was one of the most enjoyable times I have spent with my Grandchildren. We bought them an inflatable dolphin each from the cafe shop, and enjoyed sandwiches and chips. They splashed around whilst we sat on the bench watching and waving and riding the dolphins but the most enjoyable thing of all was knowing they were completely safe, as there is no deep end like in a swimming pool. It brought a most glorious summer to a wonderful conclusion before school.

  9. This is a very short time scale to raise this huge amount of money!
    Why wasn’t this deficit made public before so more could have been done .
    Good luck with it !

  10. Five generations of my family have enjoyed the paddling pool…..It was always a safe place for little ones to play and socialise ……please do not get rid of it…there are surely enough wealthy people to help raise some of the money in Branksea Avenue and other affluent areas of Poole…

  11. It would be a huge huge shame for the pool to shut, it has been there as long as I can remember and I’m 55. All my kids have played in it my oldest is now 33. It provides a safe environment for children to play and splash about along with the play park and beach. I think it would be another nail in the coffin for family outings.

  12. Why dont you add a just giving link to this post? I am sure you would raise the money in no time. We all love going there! I would certainly make a donation.

  13. My daughter is 27 now & the majority of her childhood was spent at the park. We’ve since gone on to take my granddaughter many times during the summers. I’m 51 & remember spending MY summers there too, although the pool wasn’t painted back then. A grey concrete circle, filled with water & no park. Mum would pack sandwiches, crisps & bottles of water & we’d have whole days there. Why is so much of our town being allowed to disappear through lack of funding? It’s so sad.

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