Fun in the sun at the new Clissold Park play area

Hundreds of children and young people have been having fun in the sun at the new play area in Clissold Park.

The play area, which opened its gates last week is made from natural resources creating a stimulating play area of swaying wooden bridges, hollow logs, stone climbing boulders and tractor tyre swings.

It also has a swooping sand valley shaped like a child s vision of a desert island and a water play feature – which is ideal for the hot weather. There is also a tall climbing web with swings, springy-things and roundabouts for smaller children.

The wheels park which has been open since May is also proving a real hit with young people in the area. The jumps and mounds are suitable for skate boarders, roller bladers and BMXers of all levels and abilities.

Hackney Council s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Cllr Jonathan McShane said: “Hackney Council’s ambitious project to transform Clissold Park is nearing completion. It’s great to see children and their families having fun and making the most of the new play area. There is a little more work to be done but when it is finished, it is going to bring this wonderful park back to its former glory and make it a place that we can all be really proud of.”

Caroline Millar Chair of the Clissold Park User Group says, “The area is proving really popular already. Parents and children are really enjoying the water pump, the sand, the zip wire, and all the little nooks and crannies. What is really great about the new play area is that there is something for everyone – my thirteen year old and her friends, my eight year old and my three year old. Getting children and their parents involved in the design has certainly paid off”

Also part of the £9 million restoration of the park is the multi-use games area (MUGA) complete with goals and line markings for five-a-side football and basketball; and a built-in table tennis table.

The project is nearing completion and includes the restoration of the Grade II listed Clissold House which will have rooms available for hire. There will be new and renovated animal and bird enclosures and a butterfly dome. The bowls pavilion has been improved to provide a valuable education and community resource. The park s two lakes and New River also benefit from landscaping, desilting and structural improvement work, as well as tree and shrub planting and maintenance, provision of two new ornamental bridges among other works to improve the open spaces.