Splash World in Southport has taken an exciting step closer to reopening after Sefton Council’s Cabinet today approved an additional £270,000 towards essential repair works.
The popular all weather indoor water park, which normally welcomes thousands of families from across the North West of England each year, is on course to reopen later this year, with a provisional target date of October.
Splash World was temporarily closed in December 2019 in order for the building to undergo essential maintenance and refurbishment works.
However due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s huge impact on the construction sector, these works were set back.
Nevertheless during this time Sefton Council utilised the Splash World building to create a specialist SMART testing unit for COVID-19, with the centre playing a pivotal role in keeping thousands of residents and key workers safe from potential infection.
Works resumed in Summer 2021 and are continuing on schedule, with teams working hard towards a provisional target of reopening Splash World in October.
Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “Today (Thursday, June 23rd) Cabinet approved an additional £270,000 towards the completion of these essential works and I am delighted that we are getting closer to welcoming everyone back to Splash World.
“I would like to take this opportunity to place on record my thanks to our various teams and contractors, who have been working extremely hard to ensure these essential maintenance works have been carried out efficiently and effectively, so that we can all once again don our swimming trunks and enjoy this wonderful all weather facility.
“I’d also like to thank all of our Dunes Leisure Centre users who have remained patient and understanding while potentially noisy works have been carried out adjacent to where they exercise.”
The allocation of £270,000 is subject to approval at the next meeting of Full Council.
An announcement regarding the official reopening date of Splash World Southport will be made in due course.