Community Parks Programme - Nov 2019

As part of our ongoing work to improve and enhance our green spaces, we're investing £1.3million in our borough's parks.

So far, new gym equipment and entrance gates have been installed at Fairfield Recreation Ground, the playground at King George’s Recreation Ground has been transformed, along with the addition of a brand new gym and we recently unveiled a brand new play area at Victoria Recreation Ground.

We are now transforming three more playgrounds within the borough: Churchfields Recreation Ground, King Edwards Recreation Ground and Knollmead, and we want to know your views on our draft plans below.

Don't forget to check out our illustrative plans for each park in our photo gallery.

To find out more about the programme visit: www.kingston.gov.uk/communityparksprogramme.

You can also find out more about our plans and have your say at one of our upcoming Community Parks events:


Churchfields Recreation Ground

Monday 25th November, 3pm-6pm

St Mary's Church centre

KT9 2DR


King Edwards Recreation Ground

Monday 25th November, 3pm-6pm

St Paul's Church of England Primary School

KT9 1BE


Knollmead

Tuesday 26th November, 3pm-6pm

Sunray Community Centre

Knollmead

KT5 9QP


As part of our ongoing work to improve and enhance our green spaces, we're investing £1.3million in our borough's parks.

So far, new gym equipment and entrance gates have been installed at Fairfield Recreation Ground, the playground at King George’s Recreation Ground has been transformed, along with the addition of a brand new gym and we recently unveiled a brand new play area at Victoria Recreation Ground.

We are now transforming three more playgrounds within the borough: Churchfields Recreation Ground, King Edwards Recreation Ground and Knollmead, and we want to know your views on our draft plans below.

Don't forget to check out our illustrative plans for each park in our photo gallery.

To find out more about the programme visit: www.kingston.gov.uk/communityparksprogramme.

You can also find out more about our plans and have your say at one of our upcoming Community Parks events:


Churchfields Recreation Ground

Monday 25th November, 3pm-6pm

St Mary's Church centre

KT9 2DR


King Edwards Recreation Ground

Monday 25th November, 3pm-6pm

St Paul's Church of England Primary School

KT9 1BE


Knollmead

Tuesday 26th November, 3pm-6pm

Sunray Community Centre

Knollmead

KT5 9QP


  • Knollmead playground: updated plans

    5 days ago
    Knollmead final design

    We asked

    We shared draft plans for the revamp of Knollmead playground and asked for your views.

    You said

    The feedback on the plans was positive and included:

    • Generally happy with the proposal but some residents felt that there were too many features for very young children and that more equipment for older children would encourage families to spend more time at the playground.

    • Requesting more climbing equipment.

    We did

    Based on your comments we have revised the plans for Knollmead playground. The changes are:

    Climbing apparatus

    Our younger residents expressed a preference for more challenging...

    We asked

    We shared draft plans for the revamp of Knollmead playground and asked for your views.

    You said

    The feedback on the plans was positive and included:

    • Generally happy with the proposal but some residents felt that there were too many features for very young children and that more equipment for older children would encourage families to spend more time at the playground.

    • Requesting more climbing equipment.

    We did

    Based on your comments we have revised the plans for Knollmead playground. The changes are:

    Climbing apparatus

    Our younger residents expressed a preference for more challenging climbing equipment. A large Ixo multiplay structure has been planned in response.

    We have removed

    Due to concerns that there were too many features for very young children, we have removed the kidsy multiplay unit and junior slide from our plans and replaced them with a large Ixo multiplay structure with climbing, sliding, swinging and imaginative play as well as a double perch - a modern take on a traditional seesaw, where children can sit or stand on either end.

    Next steps

    The works on site are due to start in March 2020 during which time the playground will be closed for an estimated duration of 6 weeks.

    You can find out more about the Community Parks Programme by visiting the Kingston Council website.

  • Churchfields playground: updated plans

    5 days ago
    Churchfields final design

    We asked

    We shared draft plans for the revamp of Churchfields playground and asked for your views.


    You said

    The feedback on the plans was positive and included:

    • Asking for more than one trampoline and additional climbing structures.

    • Requesting equipment with a natural wooden design to match the appearance and character of the park.

    • Emphasising the importance of the inclusion of accessible equipment.

    • Wanting more sensory equipment - recommending totem poles.


    We did

    Based on your comments we have revised the plans for Churchfields Recreation playground. The changes are:

    Inclusive equipment

    You requested additional items were made accessible and in...

    We asked

    We shared draft plans for the revamp of Churchfields playground and asked for your views.


    You said

    The feedback on the plans was positive and included:

    • Asking for more than one trampoline and additional climbing structures.

    • Requesting equipment with a natural wooden design to match the appearance and character of the park.

    • Emphasising the importance of the inclusion of accessible equipment.

    • Wanting more sensory equipment - recommending totem poles.


    We did

    Based on your comments we have revised the plans for Churchfields Recreation playground. The changes are:

    Inclusive equipment

    You requested additional items were made accessible and in response an inclusive hammock swing has been added to the Monkey Jungle Zone and the roundabout in The Bug Discovery Zone has been made accessible for all.

    Additional trampoline

    We agreed with your feedback that trampolines are a popular feature in other parks within the borough, so we have included an additional trampoline in the Crocodile Swamp Zone to help address the predicted demand.

    Climbing apparatus

    Our younger residents expressed a preference for more challenging climbing equipment, so we have introduced a large Ixo multiplay structure to the Monkey Jungle zone.

    A natural wooden design

    Community groups had a preference for some of the equipment to have a more natural design. The Bug Discovery Zone now includes a wooden play train, log steppers, a clatter bridge and swinging steps with an appearance to match that of Churchfields surroundings.

    Totem Poles

    Feedback suggested that totem poles would be a welcome addition to the Sensory Sandpit Zone. This area will now feature fox and badger animal posts, a height and hand totem, as well as a minibeast and treasure map totem. The poles will add sensory options whilst providing the natural, wooden finish requested for the playground.

    Next steps

    The works on site are due to start in March 2020 during which time the playground will be closed for an estimated duration of 6 weeks.

    You can find out more about the Community Parks Programme by visiting the Kingston Council website.