Paddling pool at Bristol park undergoing works before it can open

St Andrew's Park Paddling Pool (pictured on May 21) needs more work before it can re-open this summer
St Andrew's Park Paddling Pool (pictured on May 21) needs more work before it can re-open this summer -Credit:Paul Gillis/Reach Plc

The St Andrew's Park paddling pool still needs to undergo a series of works before it can re-open to the public, Bristol City Council have confirmed. The pool, which is a popular attraction with local families during the summer months, has in previous years opened around the end of May and beginning of June.

However at time of writing, the pool has been fenced off to the public and contains no water. BristolLive understands that further works are required before the pool is ready for opening.

The council has confirmed that rendering of the pool walls to fix any defects was completed last week and it now needs to be painted, which requires a run of good weather. The authority will be ensuring that the Friends of St Andrews Park group are informed of its progress.

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The paddling pool is such a popular feature of St Andrew's Park, that it has its own dedicated Facebook group, named 'We Love St Andrews Paddling Pool'. In this group, and other local pages on social media, many people have recently been wondering when the pool is due to open.

And, following this latest update from the council, it seems fans will have to wait a little longer. In 2023, the pool opened around June 15 and, in the past, reviewers say it has been the perfect way to keep kids busy on warmer days.

Residents were left without the pool for years during the Covid-19 pandemic, as it closed for renovations in 2020 and was left surrounded by fencing which many neighbours called an 'eyesore'. Residents feared the pool would not reopen after the coronavirus pandemic meant there were delays to renovation work.

A petition was launched to try and remove the fencing surrounding the paddling pool early in 2022, claiming it was causing a 'detrimental effect on park-goers'. In the 2022 summer season the pool was re-opened. Since those initial repairs, the pool now opens on a seasonal basis.