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New playground delivers play for children across age and abilities

032 - Sarvesh, Karthick and David enjoy the new playground with Mayor Biggs

Sarvesh, Karthick, David and Mayor John Biggs enjoy the new playground

Children and families enjoyed a play day at Millwall Park’s new state-of-the-art inclusive playground which was officially opened on Wednesday 27 October.  

Designed to make play more accessible to children and young people of all abilities, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) the new playground contains new safety surfacing, paths, benches, and picnic tables. Additional planting uses native species to enhance biodiversity and includes a landscaped area with a sensory space and nature zone. 

The event marked the latest in long line of improvements to be made to parks and playgrounds in Tower Hamlets as part of the council’s continuing £10 million parks investment programme which will improve over 60 of the borough’s parks and open spaces. 

Opened during the half-term holidays, local families were invited to visit the new playground and enjoy a day of free activities, which were also enjoyed by both the mayor and chief executive of Tower Hamlets. 

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:  “Play is vital for young people’s physical and mental development, which is a real focus for me and vital to our continuing recovery from Covid-19. This new playground will make a huge difference to local families and signals the latest boost to our borough’s brilliant parks and open spaces.” 

Following consultation with locals, parents reported wanting new and better park equipment and a combined space for both young and older children to play. Others said they used the park for sport or exercise, to meet friends, walk dogs or enjoy being outside.   

Councillor Sabina Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Sport, said:  “We are delighted to open another exciting playground as part of our aim to increase access to the borough’s parks and open spaces.  Millwall Park playground meets our commitment to make play spaces more inclusive and I hope that children of all abilities enjoy it, whether they choose to have a big adventure or play quietly.” 


Notes to editors 

Following consultation with locals during Spring/Summer 2019, the following issues were identified as key areas for improvement at Millwall Park: 

  • A better play offering, with more for both younger and older children 

  • Improved playground equipment 

We Made That then undertook further site testing and identified a site to combine junior and toddler playgrounds. The advantages of the chosen space are that the existing area is retained and upgraded, including the public art and raised earth areas that are already informally used for play.   

Landscape architects Levitt Bernstein then undertook a detailed site assessment and produced an overall design which was informed by the historical context of the park. 

Further consultation was carried out during October 2020 to get feedback on the design proposal, which then informed the brief tender for the playground’s installation. 

Play specialists Kompan were awarded the contract to install the new playground using Levitt Bernstein’s design, which enhances the landscaping and includes sensory and nature areas.  

The playground offers both opportunities for adventurous and exciting play as well as spaces where children can play quietly. The space has been designed to included play that is accessible to all children including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), in line with Parks and Open Spaces commitment to make the boroughs play spaces more inclusive. 

Posted on Thursday 28th October 2021