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Council open to Lincoln splash park proposals

A petition has been signed by over 2,400 people

The City of Lincoln Council said they would consider a splash park in Lincoln “as part of a wider park improvement project in the future”.

As previously reported, Kirsty Bartholomew started a petition to the city council on change.org as she feels Lincoln is lacking in outdoor activities for kids.

At the time of writing 2,462 people have signed the petition, which readers shared with The Lincolnite.

Kirsty said on the petition page that she believes families would benefit from a free splash park maybe situated in a local park.

In addition, Tori Lindley posted in ‘You’re probably from Lincoln if’ saying she recently contacted her local councillor about the idea, but that responses so far have warned the money may not be available to fund it.

The city council said splash parks are expensive to install and operate, but would be open to considering the idea as part of a wider park improvement project in the future or listening to proposals from businesses wanting to set one up.

Caroline Bird, Community Services Manager at City of Lincoln Council, said: “We’re aware of how popular splash parks are and we’ve seen a number of facilities set up on a commercial basis.

“As they are expensive to install and operate, we aren’t in a position to offer this now, however we would consider it as part of a wider park improvement project in the future.

“If in the meantime a business came to us with an idea to run one of these themselves and asked for our assistance in setting up, we would happily listen to their proposals.

“Our focus is on our award-winning parks, and we will soon be submitting our bid to the National Lottery with a view to improving the lake area of Boultham Park for everyone to enjoy.

“There is so much for children to do in the city’s parks and open spaces – play areas, picnics, outdoor games, organised events and activities, sports, nature hunting and much, much more.”

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