New playground unveiled in Battersea Park

Published: Wednesday 5th July 17

Children can climb aboard a pirate ship and sail seven imaginary seas when they visit Battersea Park following the unveiling of its new playground.

The £150,000 playground is located just off East Carriage Drive near the café and boating lake and has brand new play equipment suitable for children up the age of 12.

Ship ahoy in Battersea Park

It has been created as part of a planned programme of investment in Battersea Park worth around £840,000.

The lion’s share of the funding was generated as a direct result of staging the Formula E electric motor car racing championships in the park for two years. This raised £500,000 for park improvements, as well as around £2.5m for other frontline council services in Wandsworth.

A further £250,000 has been levied from the developers of the neighbouring Battersea Wharf and Chelsea Bridge Wharf housing schemes. Further funding has been pledged by local amenity group the Friends of Battersea Park.

Welcome to Battersea Park's new playground

As well as the brand new playground, a new pedestrian entrance to the park has been created between Chelsea and Rosary Gates, with associated landscaping, connecting with existing paths near the Millennium Arena.

Other improvements in the pipeline for Battersea Park include:

A new garden - The Promontory is currently a closed and unused area of the park some 50m east of Albert Bridge which projects about 12m into the river. A generous contribution from The Friends of Battersea Park topped up by funding from existing parks budgets will be used to help create a new landscaped garden based on designs put forward by David Keary, a design practice based in Leicester. Bringing this garden to life will cost around £95,000.

Cascade fountain feasibility and restoration project – The cascades are an important and prominent historic landscape feature, but over time they have deteriorated and can no longer be used without causing significant additional damage. A total of £160,000 has been pledged towards carrying out a feasibility study into their complete restoration and to help fund their refurbishment.

Restoration of seating shelters – It is proposed to spend £80,000 on restoring these three historic shelters with new seating and substantial structural and decorative renovation.

Other improvement projects are now being drawn up to utilise the remaining funds, which amount to approximately £260,000. 

Community services spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “This new playground is yet another great reason for young families to spend time in Battersea Park.

“Thanks to the funding we received from Formula E and from the neighbouring housing development combined with a generous donation too from the Friends of Battersea Park, we are delivering a range of improvements that will be enjoyed by visitors for many, many years to come.”

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Recent comments

A fantastic new addition to the park and has opened up the east end to families with children who before had the long trek over to the adventure playground.Very well done Thanks
A E Van Benschoten

9 July 2017

Surely, Cllr Cook cannot still be trying to justify his actions imposing Formula E on park users for 2 years. His & fellow Tory councillors spin, arrogance and failure to listen to Friends of Battersea Park & other groups was unconscionable. Remember at committee one of his fellow party councillors described parks as a luxury. His pronouncements have lost all credibility

8 July 2017

A great playground and welcome addition to Battersea Park (given that main playground is often very crowded. However, because the playground is not fenced in (unlike the major playground near the all-weather pitches) dogs off their leash often use the sand-pit and other parts of the playground as a lavatory. I would have thought this was not ideal with children playing in the sand. Perhaps Wandsworth Council could consider some inoffensive fencing...
Olivier Desbarres

7 July 2017

Mike Maybe you would like to read the paragraph again This raised £500,000 for park improvements, as well as around £2.5m for other frontline council services in Wandsworth. That would be £3 million. Wandsworth may not be good with money (as you claim), but I would suggest you learn to read, before embarrassing yourself with incorrect comments.

6 July 2017

Many thanks to the developers of Chelsea Bridge Wharf for paying for this playground, much needed after One o'Clock club area was closed.
susan lofthouse

5 July 2017

Just £500,000 from Formula E, after all the money they made. Wandsworth Council was never good with money but this time they have really been taken for a ride,in more ways than one
Mike Squires

5 July 2017