We’re thrilled to have been awarded grants totalling £841,500 from the London Marathon Charitable Trust for improvements to Gloucester Gate Playground in The Regent’s Park and Greenwich Park Playground. The new playgrounds will change the way young people play, inspiring them to use their imaginations and encouraging collaboration.
Loyd Grossman, Chairman of The Royal Parks charity, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive these grants which will allow us to transform play opportunities for children in two of London’s best-loved parks. The benefits of outdoor play and connecting with nature are significant, in particular for those young people who may have limited access to green space.
“This investment will allow the creation of play facilities of the highest quality. Through innovative design, the existing playgrounds will be transformed, catering to visitors of all ages and abilities and encouraging imaginative and social play. We are very grateful to The London Marathon Charitable Trust for making these ambitious plans a reality.”
Gloucester Gate Playground, The Regent's Park
The new designs are inspired by the surrounding park landscape and will encourage families and groups of all abilities to play together in a safe environment that also fires the imagination.
It incorporates structures that invite children to scramble, climb and balance as well as spaces for storytelling and contemplation. The £495,000 is a huge boost towards this amazing natural, sustainable and inclusive ‘playscape’ reaching its funding target.
We are appealing to the local community of visitors and residents to help us fundraise a further £100,000 towards our £1 million target.
Greenwich Park Playground
The £346,500 awarded to Greenwich Park will see the playground given a modern transformation inspired by nature. It’s an improvement that could be the first of many for Greenwich, with the Greenwich Park Revealed project seeking to uncover some of the park’s hidden gems and improve its world famous features for future generations.