New £100k playground for young children in the Moorings, Thamesmead

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We joined forces with the Moorings Ward Councillors; Councillor Averil Lekau, Councillor Sizwe James and Councillor Olu Babatola; to open a new playground in the Moorings today (5 November). The councillors contributed over £23,000 towards the play equipment from the ward budget scheme which supports projects run by local groups for the benefit of their communities, and we added £75,000 and managed the project from concept to completion.

Located near Byron Close and Owen Close in the Moorings, the playground has been purpose-built for young children aged one to six years. Many young families live in the area, with around 200 households benefiting from the playground on their door steps.

The play area features a soft rubbery surface with speciality play equipment including play mounds with steppingstones, a cargo net, climbing holds and balance beams. Each piece of play equipment was specially chosen to encourage imaginative play and help children to develop sensory and motor skills.

 

Kate Batchelor, Senior Regeneration Manager in Thamesmead said:

“We’ve been working closely with the Mooring community to understand what improvements they would like to see in their local area and help make their ideas come to life – and this playground is a great example of this. From working in the area and speaking to local residents we saw there was a need for a play area for young children near their homes. So with the help of the Moorings ward councillors we’ve been able to work together to achieve this.

“I’m really proud of how it’s turned out. I’ve already had great feedback from residents, which is just fantastic.”

 

Moorings Councillors said: “We are thrilled with the new toddler play area, and all the fun and laughter it will bring to Moorings toddlers and youngsters.

“This is fantastic and an excellent example of Peabody and the Royal Borough of Greenwich working together to improve the lives of our residents”.

We've completed a number of recent projects in the Moorings, projects include:

  • Byron Close Arches – We transformed the arches along Byron Close. Working with Alphabetical, who previously designed signage for The Link Thamesmead and installed by local production company KD Productions, the design of the façade was created with input from the local community who wanted the theme to reflect the wildlife and nature which is all around Thamesmead.
  • Booth Close ball court - the ball court near Booth Close has been improved to create better facilities for basketball and 5-a-side football.
  • Arnott Close Public Canal Space - an inaccessible canal side space has been enhanced with new planting, paving and new accessible access.
  • Hawksmoor Youth Club (bike racks) - We worked in partnership with Moorings Cllrs, Hawksmoor Youth Club and London Met Architecture students to design and install bike racks outside the youth club. A group of young people at Hawksmoor Youth Club worked through the design process with local graffiti artist Cieron @ C-THAT and everyone pitched in to paint the final design.

 

If you are interested in getting involved you can contact Kate Batchelor, [email protected]