Playtime on Clapton Common

Local residents came together to celebrate the opening of a new play area on Clapton Common last week.

The new wooden play structures for younger and older children include climbing structures with slides, various types of swings and wobble dishes. The climbing structure for older children has low levels that are easier to climb on giving opportunities for all children to play.

The area aimed at older children has been left open making best use of the space available. Low-level fencing and seating has been provided in the under 5’s area. It s hoped it will provide a safe, relaxing environment for mothers with young children.

Benches, tree stumps and timber log seating have been situated along the edges of the play area so parents and carers can overlook the playground. Trees, providing some shelter have been planted along the northern edge of the site in line with the London Plane trees already on the common.

Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture said: “The new Clapton Common play area is one example of how the Council is working with local communities to improve parks and open spaces in Hackney. Already it is proving a great success with local children and their parents using the area.”

Clapton Common User Group were instrumental in attracting the £100k funding for the play area from the National Lottery and the London Marathon Trust. The design was produced local Architects Erect, in response to a community consultaion held last year.

Hackney Council is improving parks and green spaces across the borough. The Pavillion at Hackney Downs has recently been refurbished. To find out more visit

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