Just in time for half-term, the new play area on Clapton Common opened and local residents celebrated its opening last week.
The new wooden play structures for younger and older children include climbing structures with slides, various types of swings and wobble dishes. The climbing structure for older children has low levels that are easier to climb on giving opportunities for all children to play.
The area aimed at older children has been left open making best use of the space available. Low-level fencing and seating has been provided in the under 5’s area. It’s hoped it will provide a safe, relaxing environment for mothers with young children.
Benches, tree stumps and timber log seating have been situated along the edges of the play area so parents and carers can overlook the playground. Trees, providing some shelter have been planted along the northern edge of the site in line with the London Plane trees already on the common.
Clapton Common User Group were instrumental in attracting the £100k funding for the play area from the National Lottery and the London Marathon Trust. The design was produced local Architects – Erect, in response to a community consultation held last year.