Playgrounds in Hillingdon, the neighbouring borough to Harrow, are set to undergo extensive refurbishments in a remarkable £1.6 million initiative, enhancing recreational spaces for local residents.
The ambitious four-year refurbishment programme, initiated by Hillingdon Council, aims to upgrade 23 playgrounds across the borough, providing young residents with safe, modern, and inclusive play areas. This comprehensive undertaking involves the replacement of outdated play equipment to ensure that children have access to high-quality leisure facilities.
The primary focus of the programme will be on playgrounds situated within communal housing estates, parks, and open spaces. The first site scheduled for a much-needed transformation is the play area in Fassnidge Park, Uxbridge, with construction work slated to commence on 26 June.
Following the completion of the refurbishment in Fassnidge Park, attention will be directed towards the Albion Road playground in Hayes and the St Peter’s Road playground in Cowley. Furthermore, the funding will also be utilized to create a brand-new play area at Cranford Park, as part of the extensive refurbishment of this historic site.
The revamped playgrounds will feature the latest and most innovative equipment, designed to promote inclusivity and accessibility. Visitors to the Albion Road playground can look forward to enjoying a three-way see-saw and a wheelchair-accessible roundabout. Additionally, children will have the opportunity to engage in play on a double-tower multiplay unit, a fireman’s pole, hopscotch, and an extra-wide slide. Meanwhile, the St Peter’s Road playground will offer an inclusive see-saw, cradle seat swing, springer, tipi carousel, climbing agility unit, and a dedicated junior multi-unit catering specifically to younger children.
Councillor Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, expressed the council’s unwavering commitment to preserving and enhancing the borough’s greenery. He said: “We’re committed to preserving and enhancing the borough’s green spaces and providing ways to help residents live healthy, active lives.
“This is a timely upgrade to some of our more outdated playground sites to not only bring them up to modern standards with the latest equipment but also to ensure they’re inclusive and accessible as we firmly believe every child deserves the right to play.”
The refurbishment of the Albion Road and St Peter’s Road playgrounds is scheduled for completion this summer, allowing children in Hillingdon to benefit from improved recreational spaces that cater to their diverse needs and abilities.