Vandals smash up kids’ water park

DISGUSTED -- Coun Jackie Morris (right) and fellow Friends member Daisy Woods with sad youngsters Abbie Spray and Paige Scriven-Mills locked out of the vandalised park -- DISPIC NHUD 11-2281-4
DISGUSTED -- Coun Jackie Morris (right) and fellow Friends member Daisy Woods with sad youngsters Abbie Spray and Paige Scriven-Mills locked out of the vandalised park -- DISPIC NHUD 11-2281-4

HEARTLESS vandals have ruined the end-of-summer fun for hundreds of children by damaging a star attraction at the Bulwell Bogs recreation park.

More than £376,000 was splashed on the water park and paddling pool at the venue three years ago.

It was part of a major redevelopment of the Green Flag-winning park that has made it one of Bulwell’s premier open spaces. The site is supported by the community through the Friends Of Bulwell Bogs group.

But now an attack has left parts of the mosaic-tiled floor smashed and the water park unsafe for youngsters to play on.

The area is likely to be closed for the rest of the year after the vandalism, which happened on the night of Sunday August 21 or in the early hours of Monday August 22.

Coun Jackie Morris (Lab), of Nottingham City Council, who is chairman of the Friends group, has slammed the attack.

She said: “It is absolutely appalling. It is the first problem we have suffered there in nine years and it is really sad.

“They must have used some sort of tool to cause the damage. They have literally ripped it up. But we will bounce back. We won’t let this get us down.”

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 this year. There have also been several community clean-ups involving local businesses.

A specialist company is being drafted in to quote for the repair work.

n OUR PHOTO shows Jackie (right) and fellow Friends member Daisy Woods with sad youngsters Abbie Spray and Paige Scriven-Mills locked out of the vandalised park — DISPIC NHUD 11-2281-4