Our mission is an ambitious one but our goal couldn't be clearer. "Let's get people back in the water!" Longtime local residents of Palmers Green will remember that the boating lake adjacent Alderman's Hill was used as a family paddling pool decades ago. Indeed, if you ask the right person they may tell you that in addition to the paddling pool they had relatives who swam in the bottom pond until 1933, when it was the home of the Broomfield Swim Club. The bottom lake has a graded bottom for wading in and if you look closely you can still see remnants the stone diving platform on one of the corners. Both ponds suffer from poor water quality that have rendered them unswimmable in recent years. We have been quietly working behind the scenes to identify the challenges and propose solutions towards tackling this water pollution issue. We have a multi-phase plan beginning with the restoration of the Boating Lake and completing a long term feasibility study for restoring the Bathing Pond.
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Why it's a great idea:
This project is a great idea that people are buzzing about because: 1. It's fun! Swimming and bathing are activities that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy. Whether you're looking to play or exercise it's always better in the water. 2. It's a local environmental problem! The Friends of Broomfield Park are doing an incredible job tackling the water pollution problem caused by road runoff and the illegal plumbing of household sewage from the Lakes Estates into the storm drains through the planting of the Wetlands Project. This same pollution is what makes the Ponds unswimmable and with the funding and support we are seeking we can advance both causes. 3. It's ancient history! No, really. Did you know that the 3 ponds at the bottom of the park are actually the only remaining set of 3 Baroque water gardens in existence?! They were originally a part of the grounds of Broomfield House and are Grade 2 listed. When was the last time you swam in a national treasure (legally)?
Steps to get it done:
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