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 have undertaken a range of improvements to the area: 

What are the improvements?

Abbey Meadow Outdoor Pool 

Work has finished on the major £1.3million refurbishment of Abingdon’s much-loved outdoor pool. 

Abbey Meadow pool - artist's impression 2018

The work saw the two previous pools joined together to create one large pool featuring an easy access beach-style walk in area. The changing areas have also been fully refurbished to provide a better environment for all visitors.

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

The pool re-opened for the summer season on 16 June 2018. The work was 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 

Refurbishment work on the public toilets starts on 17 September 2018, with work due for completion by February 2019. They are closed while the work is carried out. Alternative facilities are available nearby.

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: 19 - 12 - 2018

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