Vandals and weather delay opening of seafront water park

The opening of Weston-super-Mare seafront water park has been delayed – due to vandal attacks and bad weather.

The water adventure park was due to open today (June 21) following a series of improvement works.

However bad weather and the fact the site has been targeted by vandals has delayed its opening – with a new date yet to be confirmed.

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Work started on an exciting project to makeover the attraction earlier this month.

The park is being repainted with an under the sea theme by talented local artist Martin Darcy.

But the work has been hampered by bad weather.

Vandals have also damaged some of the murals and also broke into the new hut on the site, due to be used as a satellite tourist information office.

Other work to the site is also planned as part of the refurbishment, including ground works and giving the site a deep clean.

The entry gate will also be relocated.

The water park is operated by Weston Town Council.

A town council spokesman Becky Walsh said: “We had hoped to get the work completed and the water park opened on June 21.

“However the completion of the work has been hampered by bad weather and by some vandalism.

“It is disappointing that we cannot open as planned as the water park is a really popular attraction.

“But the delay is due to reasons beyond our control.”

The park will re-open as soon as the work is completed – but the water will not go back on until the start of the school summer holidays in July.

“Once the refurbishment work is done we also have to carry out a number of stringent checks on the water quality,” said Mrs Walsh.

“We intend to turn the water on at the park to coincide with the start of the school holidays and the further lifting of Government restrictions.”

The park, which opened in the summer of 2010 and cost £425,000, is operated by Weston Town Council and is a popular spot with local families and tourists.

It opens from April to September and costs £2.50 per child.

The seasonal splash pad has fountains and sprays triggered by sensors and buttons.

There is also wooden play equipment including the Stockholm Castle, a double cableway and a toddler area where there’s a short tunnel to crawl through.

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