A 'much-loved' leisure centre attraction in Fareham has re-opened after a leak sparked weeks of repairs.

As reported in the Echo in February, the water play area at Fareham Leisure Centre on Park Lane was forced to close for essential repair works.

Everyone Active, who manages Fareham Leisure Centre, said the ‘splash pad’ water play area reopened yesterday.

Daily Echo: This is what the play area looked like in February compared to what it looks like today This is what the play area looked like in February compared to what it looks like today (Image: Submitted)Originally unveiled in 2021 following a £6.33M refurbishment project at the leisure centre, Everyone Active said the splash pad has been a big hit with customers.

Last year alone, the centre saw 30,000 visitors attend the teaching pool and splash pad, with more than 9,000 people using the facilities during the warmer months.

Ryan Grant, contract manager at Everyone Active, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be reopening our splash pad at Fareham Leisure Centre just in time for the summer holidays.

“We recognise its significance to our customers and are thrilled to reintroduce this much-loved attraction.

“Due to its shallow water depth, this attraction is even suitable for the smallest members of your family as a first introduction to the water, as well as those with reduced mobility or a disability.

“We are excited to welcome returning and new families and members of our community as we head into the warmer months.”

The splash pad is an interactive water play area for children of all ages, that consists of a slide, climbing apparatus, ground nozzles and jets that spray water up from the ground.

The splash pad uses low-flow, recirculating pumps to provide a continuous water source for children to play.

Cllr Connie Hockley, Executive Member for Leisure and Community, said: “The provision of high-quality leisure facilities for everyone and for all ages and abilities in Fareham is a huge priority for this Council.

“I am absolutely delighted that, following our latest investment in Fareham Leisure Centre, the splash pool has become so popular with our youngest residents and, in particular, that it will be available to them throughout the summer.”