Families Disappointed as Morecambe Splash Park Remains Closed

Morecambe's Happy Mount Park splash park unexpectedly closed despite signs indicating May opening, disappointing families who traveled from afar. The park will open on May 24 with a doubled admission cost of £4 per person, sparking criticism from parents.

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Bijay Laxmi
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Families Disappointed as Morecambe Splash Park Remains Closed

Families Disappointed as Morecambe Splash Park Remains Closed

Families visiting Morecambe's Happy Mount Park over the weekend were left frustrated and disappointed after discovering the splash park was unexpectedly closed, despite signs indicating it would be open throughout May. The popular attraction will not open until May 24, leaving many children who had traveled from as far as Manchester and Yorkshire unable to enjoy the water play area.

One disappointed mother expressed her frustration, saying, "Shame it doesn't say that on the actual signs in the park. It says 'open from May'. There was a lot of unhappy children already wearing their swimsuits under their clothes yesterday who came to the park especially for the splash area." Another parent who had traveled from Yorkshire with two young girls shared a similar sentiment: "We travelled all the way from Yorkshire yesterday to find the splash park shut. We had two very disappointed little girls."

Adding to the disappointment, the cost of admission to the splash park has doubled from £2 to £4 per person, which many parents have criticized as "a bit much." The park will initially open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during term time and daily during school holidays. Sessions can be booked on the day at the park kiosk, which opens at 9:30 am.

Lancaster City Council has apologized for the confusion and disappointment caused by the signage in the park, which they plan to change. The council attributed the cost increase to the rising costs of running and maintaining the facility. They advise visitors to check the park's Facebook page for opening times, as they are weather dependent. The splash park will also trial opening every Friday from May 24 to accommodate pre-schoolers and SEN sessions.

The unexpected closure and price increase have left many families feeling let down, with one parent stating, "Went yesterday for the first time, never again after driving for an hour, kids not happy at all that splash park was closed (advertising on web open May) it's like half way through May? I'll stick with Lytham, cheaper and looks better." As the splash park prepares to open next week, it remains to be seen whether the disappointment and frustration expressed by families will impact future attendance at the popular Morecambe attraction.

Key Takeaways

  • Morecambe's Happy Mount Park splash park unexpectedly closed despite May opening signs.
  • Splash park to open on May 24, with sessions bookable at the park kiosk.
  • Admission cost doubled to £4 per person, sparking criticism from parents.
  • Lancaster City Council apologizes for signage confusion and advises checking Facebook for updates.
  • Splash park to trial Friday openings for pre-schoolers and SEN sessions from May 24.