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Rivelin Valley Water Play

Come along to Rivelin Valley Water Play to enjoy paddling and playing.  It's off Rivelin Valley Road near Rivelin Valley Cafe

There is a variety of easily operated interactive water play equipment, such as jets, sprinklers, bucket drops and water tables.


Opening times and dates

11am to 5pm.

7 days a week from 11 July to 4 September

When the gate is locked this facility is closed.


Access to the water feature

Features to make it easy to use.

  • Rivelin Valley Water Play disabled access and facilities

  • Ramped access with handrails into the paddling pool

  • The water play area is accessible to people of all abilities and special aqua wheelchairs are available for loan to disabled children and their carers

  • A Changing Places toilet facility.  Access is controlled by a Radar key which can be obtained from the nearby cafe


Getting here

A small car park is located adjacent to the pond, off Rivelin Valley Road.

Public transport details are available from Travel South Yorkshire.


Recent changes

  • A new filter system

  • 3 large Splash pads with colourful anti-slip surfacing

  • A variety of easily operated water play equipment, such as jets, sprinklers, bucket drops and water tables

  • Ramped access with handrails into the paddling pool

  • New signs and painted railings

  • Overhanging trees pruned back

Some of the funding for the work has come from the 'Aiming High for Disabled Children' initiative, which aims to make services for disabled children and their families better.

Parents from the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum were consulted about the design of the water play area.


The pools at Rivelin Valley Park were first opened in 1951 to celebrate the Festival of Britain.  They have been a firm favourite with local parents and children for generations.  Sadly, the facilities were getting old and needed to be upgraded and improved to ensure they are enjoyable for families in the future.

A film was made to record their 1951 construction and it included the following quote:

"The foundations of a city are not in stone, nor its greatness in power and possessions, but its glory is the happiness of its children and its foundation the spirit of them that build it.  We hope that the water play area will come to be remembered as a source of happiness for the families of Sheffield now and in the future"

If you would like further details regarding this facility please contact us.

  • Modified: Jul 22, 2016 8:15:01 AM