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The Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham,
Councillor Adronie Alford, cut a ribbon to declare the new play
area at Pelham House on the Lytton Estate, West Kensington,
officially open. Over 30 local residents and children attended the
launch event on Tuesday 29 March and were joined by local H&F
councilors, including cabinet member for children services, Cllr
Helen Binmore, and cabinet member for community care Joe
Cllr Alford said: “This is
marvellous; this much-neglected area has been revitalised and I
hope it will provide the children with a lot of fun. I’d like to
thank all the people who worked hard to make this happen, it’s a
tribute to them. I hope the children and parents all enjoyed the
Everyone enjoyed the special celebration
cake, baked to resemble the play area, and activities included arts
and crafts – making Mother’s Day cards and peg dolls. Older
children climbed, swung and jumped on the exciting and challenging
items including climbing trees and a nest swing, whilst a wooden
wobbly bridge, large boulders and a spinning dish provided a fun
afternoon for younger children.
The new playground, designed by Groundwork
London’s landscape architects, provides a much-needed facility on
the estate. Its design was informed by extensive consultation
undertaken with estate residents by environmental regeneration
organisation Groundwork London. The project has seen the play area
transformed from a small square of concrete with little play
equipment to an extensive natural playscape which extends along the
whole of the back of the block. The landscape is completed with
boulders and timber seats, new planting, turf with wild flowers,
and safety surfacing of recycled wood chip and sand.
Local resident Emma Duckett, who helped to set
up the initial consultations said: “Our kids got involved with
the ideas and made models to help with the design. The old park was
dodgy and its high bushes gave drug dealers the perfect place to
hide. It’s great we have this place now and it’s being looked after
by local residents. Thank you so much to everyone involved. We have
a play area now that is now safe and that we can
Cllr Lucy Ivimy, cabinet member for housing,
said: “This is a lovely development which I hope the kids will
enjoy. It is a great resource for local people that will keep kids
active and also give parents an opportunity to get out and bring
the community together. There is a supportive tenants and
residents’ association here who will make sure the area is looked
after and enjoyed.”
Moira Herring, Community Projects Officer at
Groundwork London said: “This is a real flagship project which
has both achieved an incredible physical transformation on the
estate and provided an excellent opportunity for strengthening the
sense of community in the area. Children’s play is an integral part
of community life and so we hope the new playground will provide a
focus for community activities for many years to come.”
The new playground was made possible by
funding from the BIG Lottery Fund, Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s
Play Builder Programme, Hammersmith and Fulham Homes’ Housing
Estates Improvement Programme project and WREF.
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