Abbey Meadow improvements

Abbey Meadow is already a wonderful place to spend time, but we want to bring more visitors to the area and allow it to be used more throughout the year. So we are planning a range of improvements to the area: 

What improvements are we making?

Refurbishing Abbey Meadow Outdoor Pool

Work has started on the major £1.3million refurbishment of Abingdon’s much-loved outdoor pool – this artist’s impression shows what the facility could look like when the project is complete:

Abbey Meadow pool - artist's impression 2018

The work, which will take six months to complete, will see the two existing pools joined together to create one large pool featuring an easy access beach-style walk in area. The changing areas will also be fully refurbished to provide a better environment for all visitors.

A rubber crumbed surface will be installed to create a safe area around the pool and in front of the changing rooms, while further changes will be carried out to improve accessibility throughout the facility.  New energy efficient lighting and equipment will also help to cut maintenance and operational costs. 

Weather permitting, the pool will reopen in time for the 2018 summer season. The work is being carried out by Vincent Stokes who specialise in building and refurbishing swimming pools and other leisure facilities and have worked with a number of high profile national leisure providers.

New £320,000 play park - now open

The new play park in Abbey Meadow is now open.  The area features a Grand Abbey climbing area, ‘Abingdon Lock’ river scene, sensory area and play garden, an area for ball games, plus lots of traditional play equipment.

Abbey Meadow play park - 2017

New picnic tables and seating 

New picnic tables and seating, including accessible areas, are now available during the spring and summer to give people more places to sit and eat by the river. 

New public toilets and changing area, and accessible pathing 

We’re planning to build brand new public toilets and a new changing room for children using the nearby play area and splash pad.  There will also be a circular dog walk, and a new sloping path to provide people with disabilities easy access to the splash area and riverside.

How is the work being paid for?

To pay for the improvements to the wider Abbey Meadow area Vale of White Horse District Council is providing £570,000, the remaining £45,000 will come from the Old Gaol development Section 106 agreement; this money will go towards the improvements to the children’s play area.  

We will fund the works to the swimming pool out of a separate budget.

Last reviewed: 27 - 09 - 2017

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