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Victoria Embankment’s £750,000 paddling pool to open in 2025

Work to restore the Victoria Embankment paddling pool has begun and the facility is scheduled to open next year.

The paddling pool, which dates back to the 1940s, was closed in the summer of 2021 by Nottingham City Council.

It had been suffering leaks, largely due to its age, while running costs were increasing due to its dated filtration system.

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More than 2,100 residents took part in a public consultation about its future, and the council, which owns the pool, says there was a positive response to a replacement facility.

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Designs were first released last year, revealing a newly refurbished open paddling pool area and splash pad.

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It will also feature a new water recycling and filtration system that will ensure the facility uses less energy to reduce costs and its impact on the environment.

During a Full Council meeting on July 8, Cllr Sam Lux, the executive member for carbon reduction, leisure and culture, said construction will be taking place throughout the summer and is scheduled for completion later in the autumn.

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It will officially open in 2025.

“It is indeed great to see work has started on the improvement and redesign of the paddling pool at the Victoria Embankment,” she said.

“This project is being delivered thanks to funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, National Lottery Heritage Fund and also from the council’s own Section 106 contributions.

“For those who aren’t familiar with this term Section 106 contributions essentially means financing secured from private developers who build in our city, which is agreed ahead of granting of planning permission.

“The paddling pool project is one of several exciting park improvements that are soon to reach completion, including the restoration of the Victoria Embankment Memorial Gardens, a new skate park at Broxtowe Country Park and proposals to upgrade the Forest Recreation Ground Sports Zone.”

In total, £750,000 will be spent on the restoration of the facility.

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