Love Parks: Safer play in our parks

Published: Tuesday 7th August 18

A major £111,000 re-surfacing of a junior and toddler’s playground is the latest in a series of improvements across Wandsworth’s parks.

Just re-opened, the playground in Battersea Park is now full of brand new, colourful surfacing to keep youngsters safe as they play on the variety of playground equipment.

With money from the Wandsworth Local Fund, the special safety surface features rubber mulch and wet pour that is springy so if children fall off the equipment the surface will soften their tumble. The grass verges, which could quickly turn to mud, have also been replaced by artificial grass.

“As soon as we opened the gates again after the eight-week-long work families poured into the playground and it’s really good to see children enjoying themselves,” said Simon Dunne of Enable Leisure and Culture which manages the parks on behalf of Wandsworth Council.

“Surfacing is expensive, especially if it’s the high impact attenuating material which we’ve used, but you’ve got to get it right.”

One dad and his family were so impressed they’ve become regulars at the playground since it reopened.

“It looks great and it feels very safe,” said local resident Jeremy Cook. “And my boy and girl seem to love bouncing up and down on it so they’ve certainly done something right!”

The council’s parks spokesman Steffi Sutters said: “I love the way the playground has been made safer, yet still looks so much fun. This is the latest in a series of recent improvements to Battersea park - last year we opened another brand-new playground – and is part of our commitment to upgrading many of the borough’s play areas.” 

The new-look playground is just the latest improvement to our parks and open spaces over the past few months. Last month, following consultation with residents, Godley Gardens received a makeover with a new pathway, new benches, improved entrances and landscaping and a striking play tunnel.

The Tooting Common Drinking Fountain when it was reopened earlier this year.

In June the Wandsworth Common ball games area received a £130,000 upgrade, while earlier in the year an overlooked and unused area of Battersea Park was reopened as a beautiful landscaped riverside garden known as The Promontory. Another restoration to a former glory was the 1930s art deco drinking fountain in Tooting Common which is once again offering passers-by free drinking water.

Upcoming park and playground improvements include Garratt Park and  Furzedown Rec.

It’s all part of our celebration of parks and open spaces called Love Parks which commemorates Wandsworth as one of the greenest of London boroughs.

We would love to see photos of your favourite Wandsworth Park. Just tweet or Instagram us a photo of your pictures at @enableLC , @EnableParks , @wandbc and remember to include the hashtag #LoveParksWandsworth

Find out more about our campaign at: www.wandsworth.gov.uk/loveparks

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