Churchfields playground: updated plans

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.

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