Six playgrounds have been upgraded ready for the summer holidays!

Release Date: 06 July 2020

Summer holidays are looking up as six of the borough’s playgrounds have recently been upgraded in time for the Government’s decision to reopen playgrounds on 4 July, following their closure due to COVID-19. All the borough’s playgrounds are now open.

Tangier Green (North Sheen), Raleigh Road Recreation Ground (North Sheen) and Heathfield Recreation Ground (Twickenham) have all had new trim trails installed, which encourage fun and active play.

Moormead Recreation Ground (Twickenham) has had its seesaw replaced, Diamond Jubilee Gardens (Twickenham) has had a new carousel installed and Palewell Common (East Sheen) has had a ‘Union’ installed, which is a series of spinning poles that create balancing challenges.

Cllr Julia Neden-Watts, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee, said:

"Outdoor play areas encourage children to spend time outside, socialise and increase their physical activity. As such, it’s important that playgrounds have suitable and up to date play equipment to encourage everyone to benefit from the joy of spending time outdoors.

"I’m pleased that our playgrounds are reopening in accordance with Government guidance, but residents are reminded of the continued risk of COVID-19 and that using play or outdoor equipment is done entirely at the user’s own risk. Please read the guidance that will be displayed at all playgrounds and continue to respect social distancing rules."

Read more guidance on COVID-19 and outdoor play areas.

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Reference: P271/20

Updated: 30 July 2020