The playground is closed for a major transformation and will reopen in winter 2019.
Since the 1930s, children have been swinging, sliding and climbing in Gloucester Gate Playground, just to the east of London Zoo. The playground is now tired, dated and in need of a complete transformation. Planning permission has been secured and the playground is now closed for a major refurbishment and will reopen at the end of the year.
- Our vision is to move away from the flat, metal and sterile look of the current playground and create a modern accessible space for children of all ages and abilities. Drawing on the history of the site, small hills will feature to mimic the nearby mounds formed from rubble during the Second World War.
- Using natural materials such as wood, rope, bark and willow and planting hedges, trees and flowers, the new playground will blend seamlessly into the historic landscape of The Regent’s Park.
- The playground will offer a 50-metre zip wire, bespoke climbing equipment, and water pumps, as well as the customary swings, slides and sandpit of a traditional playground. Accessibility has been at the forefront of the design, and a wheelchair accessible roundabout and bridge will feature, as well as a wide slide and raised tables for water and sand play.
- The project has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from the London Marathon Charitable Trust and a mix of public and private donations. The Trust has also funded a Play Co-Ordinator to work across The Regent's Park and Greenwich Park.
- Whilst the playground is closed, we recommend that you use one of the remaining three playgrounds in The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill – Hanover Gate, Marylebone Green and Primrose Hill.