Work due to start on new play area in Clissold Park

A new, modern playground will replace and transform the existing play area in Clissold Park as part of a £9 million refurbishment project.

From November 1 2010, the playground located next to Clissold House(Church Street entrance)will begin its transformation. Residents are asked to use other playgrounds and play areas while the work is underway.

Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Services, Jonathan McShane said: ”Hackney Council is transforming Clissold Park through a £9 million project and we ask you all to bear with us while work takes place. The new playground, which will open next summer is going to be fantastic and will be a great place for children and young people to play.”

The new play area will have a sports zone that will include a wheels park for skate boarders, roller bladers and BMXers of all levels and abilities; as well as a multi-use games area complete with goals and line markings for five-a-side football and basketball; and a built-in table tennis table.

The adventure playground will be made from natural resources to create a stimulating 6000-m2 play area of swaying wooden bridges, hollow logs, stone climbing boulders and tractor tyre swings.

It will also have a swooping sand valley, shaped like a child s vision of a desert island and a tall climbing web with swings, springy-things and roundabouts for smaller children.

The new adventure playground and wheel park will open its gates in Spring 2011.

Alternative playgrounds and play areas nearby include:

Butterfield Park, N16

Stoke Newington Common, N16

Finsbury Park, N4

Highbury Fields, N5