New look playground re-opens after £250k investment

Published: Friday 2nd August 13

The children’s playground at Battersea Park has now fully reopened to the public following its £250,000 facelift.

The now-look modernised playground was fully reopened today (Friday) and means that children and young people will be able to explore and enjoy it throughout the remainder of the school summer holiday.

The playground now boasts lots of brand new play equipment. The first phase of works was completed in the spring following a £200,000 investment, with phase two adding another £50,000 worth of improvements.

Parents in the area have warmly welcomed the new equipment with many saying they love the new look site.

Children's services spokesman Cllr Kathy Tracey said: "This is great news for parents in the area. Their children have a brilliant playground to enjoy in Battersea Park.

"I have been to the new playground on numerous occasions since the first phase of works was completed and I've lost count of the number of times mums and dads have told me how much they love it.

"With another £50,000 just spent on new attractions as part of phase two of the project, I think children and their parents will be even more bowled over by what's there."

As well as investing £250,000 in the playground, the council is also pursuing ambitious plans to introduce more exciting attractions for young people.

Discussions are continuing which could see the introduction of climbing walls and an aerial walkway or "tree walk" facility at the playground.

This would utilise high wires and harnesses to enable young people to enjoy a series of high rise challenges under the supervision of properly trained adults.

And the council is looking to provide additional attractions inside the playground's vacant play building.

This could involve using it as a venue for exciting hobbies and pastimes like dance and drama classes, singing and music tuition, clown and circus trick workshops and others popular with young people. These could be provided by local voluntary groups, charities, professional tutors and entertainers. 

The other half of the building is also set to be transformed into a child and family friendly café with an outdoor play area for toddlers.

As part of the wider revamp of play facilities in Wandsworth, the Kimber Road playground is currently being transformed into a £170,000 skatepark and BMX bike track, while its play building could be used as a venue for skateboarding classes run by professional tutors.

York Gardens playground also underwent extensive refurbishment works which were completed earlier this year.

Cllr Tracey added: "We believe that widening the range of services and delivering exciting new attractions like children's cafés, tree walks and skate parks will mean our playgrounds meet the expectations of young people and their families for many years to come.

"The council has an excellent track record of providing top quality play facilities for young people in Wandsworth and is committed to this continuing in the future."

The council manages more than 200 playgrounds and play areas in parks, commons and housing estates across Wandsworth.

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