Paddling Pools and Splash Park

We have 5 free to use outdoor paddling pools and one splash park in Harlow. These will reopen for the summer holidays on Thursday 25 July to Sunday 1 September 2019. 

The status for each will appear below:

Paddling pool

Bush Fair Open
Norman Booth Open
Potter Street Open
Staple Tye Open
Sumners Open
Town Park Open


Last updated: 10.15am, Tuesday 20 August 2019

Paddling pool consultation

We are running an independent consultation from 15 August to 20 September 2019 to get your views on the future of our paddling pools.

We know that many of you enjoy using the paddling pools, both as children and parents, and we want to improve them so you can continue to enjoy them in years to come.

We want to improve the pools because many of the facilities are now ageing and there is an opportunity to modernise them for the future.  

We do not have any particular designs or plans for individual sites. We are open to your suggestions and want their future to be shaped by you.

Give us your views on improving the paddling pools

The consultation closes at 11.59pm on 20 September 2019.


  • Bush Fair paddling pool - By the Tye Green Bowls Club off Tilwicks Road (CM18 6LU)
  • Norman Booth paddling pool - By the Norman Booth Recreation Centre, Old Harlow (CM17 0EF)
  • Potter Street Splash Park - Off Southern Way (CM17 9EJ)
  • Staple Tye paddling pool - By the Great Parndon Community Association off Abercrombie Way (CM18 6YJ)
  • Sumners paddling pool - By the Sumners Recreation Centre off Broadley Road (CM19 5SJ)
  • Town Park paddling pool - Behind the Leah Manning Centre, off Park Lane (CM20 2PZ)


Please note when using the paddling pools and splash park:

  • there are no lifeguards
  • children under eight must be accompanied by an adult
  • there are no toilets on site at the paddling pools and splash park
  • do not take bikes, dogs or glass into the pool area
  • use the bins provided or take your litter home
  • staff are on duty to maintain the area, clean and monitor the water quality and report problems, although they may not always be available due to other commitments
  • staff have access to a small supply of plasters and antiseptic wipes only, which if needed can be given to the parent of the child to administer
  • staff are trained how to deal with an emergency situation but this does not include administering first aid
  • pools may be drained at any time for health and safety reasons