Young children are set to make a splash after a play area in a Fulham park has been given a river-themed makeover.
Previously there was little to keep under-sevens entertained in the main play area of Hurlingham Park, but this has now been refurbished with £97,000 funding from H&F Council and partners.
The aquatic-themed facility includes a play boat and duck, frog and fish springers, and a wheelchair-accessible roundabout.
“We’re making Hurlingham Park an even better place for all ages, including the youngest, to enjoy,” said Cllr Ben Coleman, H&F Cabinet Member for Commercial Revenue and Resident Satisfaction.
“I’m particularly pleased that the new play equipment caters for young children with mobility problems. We’ll keep investing in our award-winning parks in our drive to become the greenest borough in the country.”
The project was kick-started when the Friends of Hurlingham Park teamed up with the local coordinator for The Thames Strategy – Kew to Chelsea and obtained a grant from Thames Water.
H&F Council topped up further funding from the Hurlingham Club and Sportgate.
Initial ideas for the park were fleshed out with residents with young children. The Friends also consulted local children themselves about what they would like to see.
The improved play area includes a trampoline, play trail and swings for under-sevens, who weren’t well catered for in the previous design.
There is also play equipment for children with mobility problems, including a flush-level roundabout which can be used by users of wheelchairs or buggies, and swing seats designed to give back support or to be used with a carer.
An information panel will give fun facts about water and how we can all help save water at home.
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