Fun-filled new play areas in Springfield Park and Millfields Estate

Children in the east of the borough will have more places to play this summer, as the Council opens new fun-filled spaces in Millfields Estate and Springfield Park.

With climbing frames, slides, swings and new landscaping, the play areas create engaging spaces for children to enjoy, and have been introduced in consultation with local residents.

The play areas in Springfield Park have been built as part of the Springfield Park Restoration Project, which is refurbishing the historic Springfield House, creating a new community event space and improving landscaping in the park. They will open before the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

In Millfields Estate, a new play area has been introduced using a donation from the National Grid and funding from the Council. It will be maintained by Clapton Park TMO.

While the play area itself is open, the Council is continuing to work with local residents and the TMO to complete the overall design with a focus on planting.

Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, and Cabinet Member for Families, Early Years, Parks and Play, Cllr Caroline Woodley, visited the play areas last weekend.

Cllr Caroline Woodley, Cabinet Member for Families, Early Years, Parks and Play
Play areas are vital for children’s wellbeing, particularly for some who have no access to outdoor space. 

We’re committed to ensuring that there are high-quality play spaces for children to enjoy across the borough - and this investment for residents in the east of Hackney provides exciting new play areas for local children to enjoy. 

We’re grateful for resident engagement in our ongoing plans for planting and are constantly looking to improve our parks and green spaces with the perspectives of children in mind, reflecting their diverse backgrounds and wide range of needs. Our ambition is to be as inclusive and accessible as possible, for example with the double-width slide and basket swing at Springfield, or the level access roundabout at Millfields. We want all Hackney children to have space to play.
Cllr Caroline Woodley, Cabinet Member for Families, Early Years, Parks and Play