London Borough of Barnet

Two borough play parks set for major upgrades

Published Monday 30 July 2012

The first new piece of play equipment has been installed at a Golders Green Park as part of a £85,000 make-over by Barnet Council.

Councillor Dean Cohen, Cabinet Member for Environment, ceremonially dug foundations at Princes Park, Oakfields Road ahead of work starting on the play area’s major re-vamp.

The play area has been totally reconfigured and will see the latest in new equipment to cater for children of all ages, replacing the worn out pieces already in place.

Among the new equipment being installed is an aerial zip-line, climbing nets and tunnels, swings, slides, talking tubes, see-saws and a basket swing.

A dedicated football goal mouth and basketball hoop will also be added allowing the park to be enjoyed by all age groups. The works are expected take around three weeks to complete.

Plans for Edgwarebury Park, Edgware were also approved this week, costing £60,000. The park will receive new equipment including an obstacle course which was the most requested item in the consultation. 

This new equipment was needed at Edgwarebury Park after the site suffered extensive vandalism.

Local school children, parents and community groups were all consulted prior to designs being finalised for both parks, asking for their views  on aspects of the design ranging from what equipment they would like to see included to where in the play area they would like it located.

Councillor Dean Cohen said:

“Providing fit-for-purpose play equipment is such an important aspect of the work we carry out in our greenspaces team as it not only provides a safe environment for children to enjoy but also allows their minds to be stimulated while reaping the benefits of regular physical exercise. Both Prince’s Park and Edgwarebury Park have been in need of an upgrade for some time, so I’m delighted both these parks will see brand new equipment installed for the local communities to enjoy all year round.”

Contact Press Officer: Mike Langton