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Reception closed on Thursday 7 July

On Thursday 7 July our reception at Millmead House will be closed for staff training. If you need to contact us please use our online contact form. Our call centre will be operating with reduced staff. This is to ensure our phone lines are available to vulnerable residents. Normal service will resume on Friday 8 July. Thank you for your patience.

Stoke Park Paddling Pool resurfacing

Stoke park paddling pool

The area around Stoke Park paddling pool, including the boating lake, is now closed until the end of May for the resurfacing of the pool. This is for safety while the work is taking place.  

The paddling pool surface has reached the end of its life and parts of the surface are clogging the filters. We have chosen a new surface that will not disintegrate over time and block the filters. This will help the filters work efficiently and save water and the amount of chemicals used. The new Fiberglas surface will have a slightly rough texture to prevent slipping and we still have our seascape design. 

Lead Councillor for Environment, Cllr James Steel, said:

"The Stoke Park paddling pool originally opened in 1935, to commemorate King George V's Silver Jubilee, before being refurbished in 2016. 

"We know how much families enjoy visiting our paddling pool with their children. It is also a place full of fond memories for many residents across our borough. The pool is busy and an important free activity for our park visitors. We hope to have the paddling pool open for our big splash in May.

"There is still lots to enjoy in Stoke Park. We have a children's playground and multiple sports pitches and the kiosk remains open for tasty snacks. Visit our website to find more information on opening times and other facilities in Stoke Park ."

We have closed areas around the pool and the boating lake for safety while the work is taking place and to make sure that the new surface is protected as it is applied. 

There will be some noise while the surface is being prepared and visitors may notice a smell when the Fiberglas is being applied and, although some people may find this unpleasant, it is not harmful. 

Stoke Park is our largest and most popular Green Flag award winner park with 52 hectares of unspoiled rolling grassland and open views across Guildford. The Green Flag award recognises well managed parks and green spaces. To win, parks must meet high standards and have excellent facilities. For further information, and to find other Green Flag parks and open spaces, visit the Green Flag Award website.


Published 14 March 2022