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New safe and fun playground for kids to open

Work has been completed on a new playground for under-sixes in Lambeth North under an £77,050 project to give local children new opportunities to enjoy fun and safe exercise.

Work on putting the play equipment in at Lambeth Walk Doorstep Green off Fitzalan Street started on Monday, April 22 and an official opening event will be held on Saturday, July 13.

Lambeth Council have put £60,000 into the project and £17,050 is being covered by a grant from The Veolia Environmental Trust for the play equipment.

Councillor Sally Prentice, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “I am delighted that this project has been completed. Currently the nearest alternative playground for children from this area to use is about a mile away at Kennington Park, and getting there is difficult because the children have to cross several busy roads.

“So this new playground will give the children somewhere safe to play and it has also been designed to appeal to the whole community. For example there is plenty of seating so parents and carers can sit down and relax at the same time as supervising their youngsters.”

The project has also been put together so it is inclusive to those less able to enjoy the equipment. There will be an accessible toddler swing, log forest, multi-unit with a slide and fire pole and a range of extra colours, textures and plantings for added biodiversity.

The Veolia Trust grant has come through the Landfill Communities Fund, which is a scheme where landfill operators can retain a small proportion of landfill tax, to be distributed to community and environmental projects.

The acting Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Maria Cade, said: “Play areas like this one play an essential role in communities, encouraging active, outdoor play and enhancing community cohesion. I hope that the people of Lambeth will enjoy the space for years to come.”

The opening event will take place from 2pm to 4pm when there will be face painting and story-telling to celebrate the occasion. The revamp is part of Lambeth Council’s Cleaner and Greener Streets campaign which highlights everything we’re doing to make the borough a beautiful place sustainable place for everyone to enjoy.

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