Children's Playground Construction 3rd September 2009
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Work begins on £450k revamp of Duke's Meadows play area
Designs: Children from Chiswick Community School and the Croft Centre come up with ideas for the new play area
Children in Chiswick were celebrating this week as work began on a new children’s play area.
The rundown playground at Duke’s Meadows will be replaced with a new play area designed by young people from Chiswick Community School and the Croft Centre for disabled children in Kew.
The project has been led by the Duke's Meadows Trust, which raised the £450,000 needed for the revamp. The trust also received funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the London Marathon Trust and Veolia Environmental Trust.
The trust’s development manager, Maria Krzyzosiak, said: “It’s great that this project is getting off the ground and we can’t wait to see it finished.
“It will be a fantastic facility with exciting equipment. Both children and disabled young people from the Croft Centre shared their ideas of a perfect playground with us.
“We hope that the place will meet their aspirations through being fun and adventurous yet accessible.”
The playground has been designed to meet the needs of older children and is intended to encourage children of all abilities to mix.
It has been designed to include many of the natural features of the park, including a dry water riverbed, which will provide a flexible play area that will change over seasons.
Executive director of Veolia Environmental Trust, Margaret Cobbold, said: “The trust works to support community and environmental projects across the UK. Playgrounds make a vital contribution to young people’s quality of life and supporting their improvement or creation is one of our key objectives.”
The work marks the second phase of a project to regenerate Duke’s Meadows.
The first phase saw £380,000 spent to create a new water play area, which was completed in 2006.
A wildflower garden was also opened last October to improve biodiversity in the area and landscape the old paddling pools.
Official Opening of the playground is on 31st March 2010 More Details Dukes Meadows Trust is Carry out the work to create a new play area funded by >>>>
Construction progress Photos
UPM Tilhill are the Company constructing the playground for Dukes Meadows Trust
The playground landscape was designed by AAB architects who also designed the water play area