We maintain 55 playgrounds within parks and open spaces across the borough, as well as other recreational facilities including outdoor gyms, ball courts and sports pitches. We recognise the importance of having freely accessible facilities for all our residents to enjoy, as well as the wider health and wellbeing benefits they provide. That’s why we work hard to keep these facilities well maintained and updated with new facilities as time goes on.
We’re about to begin a series of improvements to redevelop the playgrounds at 5 sites within the borough that we have recognised as the most in need of an update. We will also be carrying out additional maintenance across many other playgrounds including surfacing repairs and other repairs to bring play equipment back into use.
Overall, we will be spending over £600,000 on all of these improvement works, funded predominantly through the council’s capital programme and a contribution of crowdfunding.
Five new playgrounds
The 5 playground sites that will have new playgrounds are listed below. We have also provided links to the web pages for the ‘Friends of’ park groups for the sites where they exist.
- Addington Park, CR0 5AR
- Ashburton Park, CR0 6NN and Friends of Ashburton Park Facebook page
- Grangewood Park, SE25 6TW and Friends of Grangewood Park Facebook page
- Northborough Road Playground, SW16 4TU
- Northwood Road Playground, CR7 8HU
Resident engagement sessions
The next set of engagement sessions are currently being scheduled for May. Watch this space for more detail of when you can help feed into your playground design!
Updates and next steps
The additional maintenance works are well underway and there has been over £100,000 spent on surfacing and equipment improvements across 27 sites in the borough. Additional play equipment improvements are due to be completed in the Spring.
We will be running more engagement sessions for each of the redevelopment sites, where local residents can help feed into the designs for the playgrounds.
Please return to this webpage for details on when these engagement sessions will be scheduled.
Grangewood Park update
Following 2 successful public engagement sessions in December 2021, we can confirm the final new playground design.
- Download the 2D plan of Grangewood Park playground
- Download the 3D visual of Grangewood Park playground
We are scheduled to start the rebuild in May. The playground will be out of action for a period of 4 to 6 weeks.