Excitement as works for Nottingham Victoria Embankment paddling pool finally start

Works ongoing at the pool
-Credit: (Image: Rucsandra Moldoveanu/Nottingham Post)

Excitement is building up among Nottingham's residents as works have finally started for the Victoria Embankment paddling pool. This comes as the facility was closed in the summer of 2021 following ongoing issues with water leaks.

The water-play facility is expected to open around mid-September, Nottingham City Council confirmed for Nottinghamshire Live. Previously, the council has said the new design will use the existing footprint and provide contrast paving to celebrate the original line of the paddling pool.

The current fence around the facility will also stay in place for safety reasons. The scheme is funded through a Government Levelling Up grant, a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, and Section 106 contributions from property developers.

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The cost is estimated at £750,000. Residents have expressed their excitement following the news.

Fred May, 30 and a dad-of-one, has recently moved to the area. He said: "It's exciting. We only moved to Nottingham very recently so we don't know what it used to be like but a free facility is always welcome so it's good to know works have started.

the proposed design for a new paddling pool at the Victoria Embankment.
The proposed design for a new paddling pool at the Victoria Embankment. -Credit:Nottingham City Council

"Let's hope it's all going to be ready while the weather is still nice." Harpreet Kaur, 39, lives close to the Embankment and said her nieces and nephews will make good use of the water-play area.

She said: "My children are bit too grown up for the paddling pool now but it will definitely benefit the area when it opens. I have younger nieces and nephews and they will get to use it so it will definitely bring people in."

Julia Lewis is looking forward to her child using the pool next year. The 24-year-old said: "My little one is obviously going to still be too young once it opens but I'm sure he's going to really enjoy it when he's older.

"It'd be nice to have that free activity so close to home." The café on the Embankment, called 1881, will also benefit from the opening of the pool, "especially in nice weather", says employee John Smith, 36.

The pool dates back more than seven decades to the 1940s, with the current equipment having been in place since the 1980s. This made the replacement of parts increasingly difficult to source and fund, which led to the facility's closure.

Due to the pre-election period, Nottingham City Council has declined to comment further, with an update expected following the elections.