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Still time to give your view on improvements to Heavitree Pleasure Ground

Published: 31 August 2021

Still time to give your view on improvements to Heavitree Pleasure Ground Heavitree Pleasure Ground

There’s still time to help shape exciting new plans to refurbish paddling pools and a play area in Exeter.

A survey launched to find out what people want from Heavitree Pleasure Ground and the facilities within the park is available to complete online until 19 September.
The findings will help inform plans to give the paddling pools and play area a makeover.

The popular pools are nearing the end of their life and in desperate need of refurbishment.

The plan is to keep the pools open throughout this year and next summer and start construction in the Autumn of 2022, minimising disruption. All going well, the new water play facilities and play areas will be ready to reopen in May 2023.

Broadly speaking the plans are to:

  • Fully refurbish Heavitree water play facilities with options to rebuild the paddling pools, replace with a splashpad similar to the one in St Thomas, or a combination of both
  • Expand the current fenced area to create more water play space, plus a better/larger space for families using the site outside the water
  • Create areas to shelter from the sun
  • Investigate the implementation of sustainable power and water sources with a view to reducing costs and carbon footprint
  • Refurbish Heavitree play area, which is in need of improvement and is inadequate to deal with current demand
  • Review equipment, including the provision of more accessible facilities and access routes for wheelchairs and pushchairs
  • Improve accessibility for all and encourage active travel, providing parking for cycles and improving and widening pathways

This is only a broad outline of ambitions for the site – the Council needs local residents and users to get their thoughts and wishes for the park in the future.

The survey can be completed on the City Council’s website:

Hard copies of the survey can be obtained by emailing

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