Verdict on playground paradise

by Will Davies Residents will be able to have their say on the design of a new adventure playground in a popular park. Three ideas for a children s paradise in Kilburn Grange Park have been drawn up by designers and their plans will be on

by Will Davies

Residents will be able to have their say on the design of a new adventure playground in a popular park.

Three ideas for a children's paradise in Kilburn Grange Park have been drawn up by designers and their plans will be on display at a public meeting tomorrow night in West Hampstead.

People can share their views about what they would like to see in the adventure playground and get more information about the plans.


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Last month Camden Council secured extra funding from the Government's Play Pathfinder scheme to develop the playground.

Cllr Janet Grauberg, Camden Council's executive member for children and young people, said: "This is such an exciting project it's really important that children, young people and other park users have a say in how the adventure playground takes shape.

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"We have some wonderful design ideas to consider and the meeting is a great chance for people to get involved at this stage.

"This is going to be a fantastic asset to Kilburn Grange Park."

The playground will be staffed by a team of trained 'playworkers' and will be open after school, at weekends and during school holidays.

It will have an outdoor area which will be physically challenging, with a mix of materials such as sand and water, space for sports and physical activity and a natural environment shaped by the children.

Its indoor area will include a cooking area, space for arts, crafts, dressing up and 'messy' play, space to enjoy quiet activities such as reading, and will also have toilets and washing facilities.

It's aimed at eight to 13 year olds who have fewer play facilities compared to younger and older age groups.

Building work is expected to start at the end of 2009 with the adventure playground open by April 2010.

The meeting will be at West Hampstead Women's Centre, The Old Kilburn Library, 26 - 30 Cotleigh Road, West Hampstead on April 30 from 6.30pm to 8pm.

w.davies@archant.co.uk

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