Cllrs Okereke, Smith and Burke-McDonald stand in front of the new climbing frame in Hornfair Park playground
Cllrs Okereke, Smith and Burke-McDonald visit Hornfair Park playground

Published: Wednesday, 17th August 2022

Five Royal Greenwich playgrounds have been reopened across the borough following extensive refurbishment works.

Climbing frames, compact zipwire lines, playhouses, swings, roundabouts, seesaws, springers and sensory play panels are among the modernised equipment installed. 

The exciting improvements include high quality play equipment that can be used by children with disabilities. 

Each playground now has a variety of features including roundabouts and seesaws that are specifically designed to ensure easy transfer from a wheelchair or with a more level surface for accessibility. 

The five refurbished playgrounds are: 

  • Abbey Wood Park, Abbey Wood 

  • Altash Gardens, Mottingham 

  • Horn Park, Lee 

  • Hornfair Park, Charlton 

  • Southwood Road Park, New Eltham 

  • The sixth playground, Fairy Hill Park, New Eltham is due to reopen later this month. 

Cllr Aidan Smith, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “I’m thrilled to see the improvements undertaken at these playgrounds, and encourage residents to come and enjoy them. It’s important to us that we make our playgrounds as accessible and inclusive as possible, and the new equipment will provide better access for so many more children. 

“We’re grateful to the Friends of Parks groups and schools who shared their advice on what equipment would most benefit local children and young people.” 

The Friends of Coldharbour Open Spaces, a local group who helped to shape the improvements at their playground said: “As a community group it was really important to be involved in the development of our local playground. We are really pleased with the result and hope it will be enjoyed for many years to come.” 

Some minor elements of the work, like installation of new gates, are still to be completed but the playgrounds are ready and open to play in.  

The six sites were chosen following an annual inspection of playground equipment across the borough, which found the existing equipment was approaching the end of its lifespan.  

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