Playground improvements make headway in Croydon – Newsroom

Following successful community engagement sessions in Grangewood Park, the final design for a new playground has been produced and the on-site works are scheduled to begin in May.

The improvements to Grangewood Park come as part of a wider investment programme that will see the installation of five new local playgrounds across the borough, from the £500,000 Playground Investment Programme (PIP).

Following feedback from residents at the community engagement sessions in December, the updated design includes a ‘You & Me’ swing for an adult and child, a shopfront playhouse and the re-use of the existing ‘heritage’ springer – an old favourite of many youngsters.

To complete the works, Grangewood Park will be closed for a period of four weeks. The council has set an estimated completion date in time for the summer half term.

Plans to follow the successful engagement sessions in Grangewood Park at the next four sites are currently underway, with the engagement sessions for Northwood Road playground and Addington Park playground scheduled to take place in late May. The engagement sessions for Northborough Road playground and Ashburton Park, will be arranged for late June.

Alongside the major improvements to the five above playgrounds, the council’s parks and green spaces team have continued to make many smaller but important improvements within the 94 recreational areas in Croydon parks. This includes over £100,000 already spent on surfacing and equipment works at 27 sites, with more planned for this spring.

“I am delighted to hear that the improvements to Grangewood Park will be starting in May after such a successful engagement with members of the community in December.

“Local playgrounds have always been a priority to the council as we know how important outside play time is for children’s development and health.

“Thank you to all those who took part in the Grangewood Park engagement session, we are very grateful for the time you spent helping with this design. I would like to encourage residents to keep an eye out on the council website for updates on the engagement sessions at the other four parks – we would like as many local residents as possible to help feed into the designs.”

Councillor Muhammad Ali, cabinet member for sustainable Croydon

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