Ahoy! New play areas spotted across Hackney

A sunken pirate ship, bouncy trampolines, super slides, rapid roundabouts and fabulous climbing frames are just some of the new fun-filled features kids will enjoy at four new play areas in Hackney’s parks.

Spanning the borough, the new play areas - at Butterfield Green, Haggerston Park, Clapton Square and Stoke Newington Common - are part of £2m Council plans to make parks even more fun and exciting for children.

Mounds, boulders, tree trunks and planting have been used to help create playable landscapes, which provide opportunities for kids to harness their imagination for play. 

More challenging play equipment has been added to make the play areas more fun for a wider age range of children and enable younger children to progress in their adventures as their skills and confidence grows. 

If adults need a rest from playing, there are also lots of new places for them to sit while kids enjoy the new facilities. 

Staff and students from a local special educational needs school were involved in the design of the new play areas, helping to make them more accessible, improve routes through the spaces and select equipment that can be used by lots of children.

Each of the new play areas minimises the use of plastic safety surfacing, with alternative natural materials being used instead - like sand and pea shingle.

Cllr Caroline Woodley, Cabinet Member for Families, Parks and Leisure

Here in Hackney, we’re investing in our play areas to make them greener, healthier, more accessible, inclusive and fun!

It’s been amazing to see the hundreds of children so far using the new slides, roundabouts and climbing frames in much loved parks across the borough - which are part of our commitment to creating a child-friendly borough.

Cllr Caroline Woodley, Cabinet Member for Families, Parks and Leisure

Following consultation with residents in 2022, the Council is now progressing with plans for the next phase of play area refurbishments in Clapton Common and Hackney Downs, with other play area projects to follow. 

Find out more at: https://hackney.gov.uk/playgrounds