New parks play equipment for children of all abilities

Tower Hamlets Council has unveiled exciting new playground equipment – designed using ideas from children, residents and professionals – at Bartlett Park in Poplar and Meath Gardens in Bethnal Green.

The new installations form part of the council’s ongoing £10 million parks capital investment programme to improve over 60 of the borough’s parks and open spaces.

The programme also aims to increase access to, and inclusivity in the borough’s parks and open spaces

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:“These new playgrounds will support our younger residents to enjoy outdoor play, which is vital for their development. The facilities will make a huge difference to families who can come together in our wonderful parks and open spaces.”

The council’s parks and special educational needs and disabilities teams worked together to create opportunities for local people to help plan the designs.

The newly installed equipment, including the uniquely inclusive playground at Bartlett Park, is modern and imaginative and aims to facilitate creative play and engagement for children of all abilities.

With features such as a sensory path and toddler and inclusive swings, Bartlett Park’s playground is fully accessible and is suitable for children and young people from birth to 18, including children with additional needs.

Councillor Sabina Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Culture and Arts, said:

“I’m delighted the new play equipment at Bartlett Park and Meath Gardens is now open for people to enjoy. There are other new playgrounds on the way as part of our investment across the borough to provide vital opportunities for children to play together.’’

A new playground is set to open in Poplar Recreation Ground this October and in the next six months, work is due to begin on new play facilities at Millwall Park and Weavers Fields, Bethnal Green.