Holbrook Park: playground revamp starting soon

Holbrook Park playground is set to be refurbished very soon. Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation about the play equipment that I ran in the summer.

The City Council has acted on the wishes expressed by local people and ordered the climber and spinner roundabout. These are now at the Council’s depot and ready to be installed. Other maintenance work is going to be done at the same time, including a new safety surface and some landscaping.

I met the council’s managers responsible for maintaining and running the parks at Holbrook Park yesterday morning. They are ready to go with the new equipment, and have also said they would like to upgrade the wooden climbing equipment that has been there since 1995, as it is in poor shape, with splits in the wood and some wearing away of the rope ladder. Here is a picture of what they propose to put in its place.

The Council would like to begin the refurbishment work this month, before winter sets in, so any comments by the end of the weekend, please.

Great response to Holbrook Park playground survey

A big thank you to all those who took part in the survey I ran about new equipment for the Holbrook Park playground. There was a mixture of replies, from children themselves as well as parents and a few grandparents. The most popular options were the Climber and Rotator 2 (the more disc-shaped of the two carousels).

Thanks also for the other comments and ideas about this park. I shall be feeding them all back to the City Council along with people’s preferences, and we hope to see some new equipment soon!

New play equipment for Holbrook Park

Holbrook Road has a small park with a children’s playground and football area, a few doors away from Homerton Children’s Centre. It has a range of play equipment: a slide, wooden climbing frame/ obstacle course, swings, a few springy things, football goalposts and a picnic table.

The wooden equipment came about as a result of a petition by local youngsters in 1996 and the picnic table was also something requested by local residents, so there is a tradition of the community having an input. When I heard that the City Council was planning to spruce the park up and instal a few new pieces of kit, I asked if we could run a small survey of park users. The Council has agreed we can canvass local views.

There is enough money for two new things, one piece from Category 1 only, and both from Category 2 if required. Please take a look at the pieces of equipment shown here and let me know what you think. All opinions welcome, especially children’s!

Feel free to comment here, email me at [email protected], or drop a note through my door (41 Holbrook Road).

CATEGORY 1: Rotators (small carousels with an original off-axis turning mechanism that provides an extra twist!)

Rotator 1

Rotator 2

CATEGORY 2: Small climbing unit or Springy Unit

Climber 1

Climber 1 (alternative view)

Springy Unit