Revamp for children’s playground is an adventure at Weavers Field

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 April 2016 | UPDATED: 08:51 26 April 2016

Children in the Weavers Field playground

Children in the Weavers Field playground

Weavers Field playgroup

Children don’t worry much about the play equipment in the park—they just enjoy having fun at Weavers adventure playground in London’s East End.

Architects plan to revamp this playgroundArchitects plan to revamp this playground

But Tower Hamlets council is concerned that equipment is up to date and in good condition, following a tragic accident at another playground two miles away last year, thought to have been caused by rotting timber.

Now the HTS firm of engineers are redesigning the play area in Bethnal Green’s Weavers Field Park to bring it up to scratch after more than 40 years.

The playground is in need of repair, Weavers Field Adventure Playground charity says. It has been around since 1974 and is used by hundreds of youngsters, serving a worthy community purpose in an overcrowded area.

So the charity has asked the engineering firm to help. The first step in the restoration is making play equipment safe by replacing rotten and damaged timber.

Repairs will be carried out by volunteers, with help from children who are to be in charge of choosing new colours and creating murals.

The HTS team is providing the volunteers while all structural advice and support is being given free for the project.

The playground was erected the year Weavers Field was laid out after slum clearance was completed along Vallance Road. It was part of a movement across London to provide open space for children once the wartime bomb-sites had been redeveloped where those growing up in the post-war years used as play area.

But now, much of the original equipment is ageing and in need of safe replacement.

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