Work is underway to repair the paddling pool at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield ready for the summer.

The paddling pool dates back to the 1930s and has been popular with generations of children.

It’s been closed since summer 2019 due to the pandemic but now Kirklees Council has started refurbishment work to ensure it can re-open this summer.

Work started this week and Kirklees Council said the Huddersfield Parkrun would continue as normal but with a “slightly adapted route.” However, Parkrun has been cancelled for this Saturday (May 7) because of the work.

The paddling pool usually opens in late May and runs through to September. The council says opening times for this year will be confirmed once the works are complete.

Huddersfield Parkrun skirts around the paddling pool in Greenhead Park. Picture by: Sean Doyle

Colin Parr, strategic director for environment and climate change, said: “I am delighted the paddling pool will once again be enjoyed by families from across Kirklees and beyond this summer.

“This important community asset, which is free to use, has brought enjoyment to many for over 80 years now. It will be great to see it open once again, and the park filled with the joyous sounds of those paddling and playing in it.

“Greenhead Park is one of our award-winning Green Flag parks and I hope those who visit enjoy everything this wonderful park has to offer.”

Alongside the paddling pool, visitors to Greenhead Park can also take advantage of the skate park, playground and sports courts as well as exploring the beauty of the park. Food and drink is available at The Conservatory and café.

Greenhead Park in early spring. Picture by: Sean Doyle

A post on Huddersfield Parkrun’s Facebook page on Tuesday said: “Important announcement. Please share. We are cancelled this Saturday May 7 (and most likely May 14) whilst Kirklees are doing some essential building works in and around the paddling pool area.

“Disappointing news we all agree but hopefully it will be just two weeks off.”

The main image is a postcard by Lilywhite Ltd, Brighouse.