EXCITED Bulwell is gearing up for the relaunch of its flagship water-park — after it was forced out of action for more than seven months.
The children’s attraction at The Bogs recreation site was launched three years ago at a cost of £375,000.
But last August, at the end of the school summer holidays, it had to close down because of problems with the mosaic floor, which was considered unsafe for youngsters to use.
So severe was the damage that everyone involved with the water park thought there could be just one explanation — an attack by heartless vandals.
However, investigations have revealed that problems with the surface were probably caused by acid from decomposing leaves that had fallen from nearby trees on the park.
Repairs have now been carried out and the water park — complete with fountains, splash pool and other features — will be open before May and in time for the summer.
The work has been carried out by contractors under the water park’s guarantee and with the help of a small donation from Nottingham City Council.
Coun Jackie Morris (Lab), a Bulwell member of city council, is also chairman of the hard-working Friends Of Bulwell Bogs group.
She explained that her passion for the park has led to her being given the nickname ‘Mrs Bogs’!
“It means everything to me that the water park will be fully up and running again by the summer,” said Coun Morris.
“People come from all over the city to use the park. There is no other like it in Nottinghamshire.”
The water park was built after members of the Friends group campaigned for two years to prompt a funding package from the city council and other sources.
Other developments at The Bogs include a memory garden that was opened earlier last year.
There have also been several community clean-ups involving volunteers and local businesses.
The Bogs, which has become one of the most popular parks in Nottingham, has also held a Green Flag — an honour given to open spaces that demonstrate environmental excellence — for the last seven consecutive years.
OUR PHOTO shows the water park on The Bogs recreation site in Bulwell. Its centrepiece is a model bull that spouts water.