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Welcome to the Lake in the Park.


The Lake has now been rejuvenated, and was officially "opened" at noon on Tuesday 11 April 2006 .

The former Marine Lake is pictured below.
The Marine Lake is situated on the southerly shore of The River Blackwater within The Promenade Park.

At noon on the 21st July 2003, after a range of improvements, aimed at minimising risks to users,
Councillor Mrs. M J Peel and Councillor J Archer reopened, this popular facility for the summer season of 2003.

During that time the Marine Lake was opened seven days a week between the hours of 10am and 5pm until Sunday 7th September 2003, after which it was closed. A team of lifeguards were employed by the District Council and did patrol the Lake during those opening hours.

Outside these hours, the Lake was closed to the public, and later closed for extensive reconstruction.
On 21st June 1905 the current lake was formerly opened by Lady Rayleigh, the Mayor at this time is Alderman Leonard Bentall.

Tidal inlets of the 1895 lake were replaced by a sluice gate to the River, and the eastern inlet was incorporated, forming about two acres of water.

The Marine Parade was widened and extended in 1925. The recreation ground was extended in 1926, under Mayor Arthur L. Clarke.

The image above is July 2002. Looking west towards St. Mary's Church.

Whilst on the left is about 1908. The notice says "No Paddling", alas the Bathing Hut is no more.

Below is a photo of Maldon Town Regatta 1895 showing the second inlet to the east of the main lake.

In the foreground is the Sailing Barge Dawn under construction.
The Recreation Ground and Marine Parade including the lake was opened on 26th June 1895 by the Mayor Edward. A. Fitch FLS. and is at this time tidal.

The Bath Wall was extended to form the lake enclosing the west creek, and retaining one of the tidal inlets.

A further creek swept around the eastern end of the lake.


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