Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure is delighted to announce that the newly built playground at Hainault Forest is now open for children to come and enjoy hours of unadulterated fun.
The playground’s opening this week marks the final part of Redbridge Council’s £ 1.7 million investment programme to improve and transform play areas in the borough. The investment has delivered new playgrounds in Clayhall Park, Brocket Way Park and Ray Park, in addition to playground equipment upgrades at Christchurch Green, Valentines Park, Loxford Park, Seven Kings Park, South Park and Westwood Recreation Ground.
The new play installations will tell the story of the site – from the beacon towers to the hermit’s hut – providing children with a range of sensory experiences and play spaces to play physically, imaginatively, and collaboratively.
All play equipment is made from natural wood taking inspiration from the surrounding Forest and its royal history. The outdoor play installations complement the storytelling experience that children can discover in the indoor exhibition in the neighbouring barns. The new playground is also home to the biggest slide in Redbridge.
The new play area is next to the Forest Centre, Woodland Trust Visitor Centre, and the family-friendly indoor interpretation space.
The new Woodland Trust Visitor Centre, officially opened in April, is the first of its kind. It complements the stunning renovated Victorian barns, updated children’s farm, and new landscaping at the country park.
The £7m project has seen the restoration of the Victorian barns, which now boast a range of new features and facilities, including:
- A stunning events space for weddings, corporate events, and celebrations
- A new interactive visitor hub
- A brand-new café
- Craft Workshops for local artists and businesses
Cllr Kam Rai, Deputy Leader of Redbridge Council, said: “The transformation of Hainault Forest is another excellent example of what we’re doing to make Redbridge the best place to live, work and visit.
“The opening of this new playground marks the final piece of our ambitious £ 1.7 million investment programme, and it couldn’t have happened at a better place.
“Hainault Forest Country Park is one of London’s hidden gems, and thanks to our investment, we’re now offering families a far richer and more rewarding experience with brand-new facilities that people of all ages will enjoy for years to come.
“We’re sure children will be over the new moon they see the new playground for the first time, giving parents a chance to unwind with a coffee or snack surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery. It’s a really great day out.”
Chair of Vision Trustees Martin Solder said:
“I would like to personally thank all the staff involved for all their hard work and dedication to ensure the new play area is open in time for the children to enjoy over the summer holidays and beyond.”
“With the cost-of-living crisis, this new adventure play facility gives the children something new to enjoy over the holidays for free!”
If you are travelling by car, please remember that car parking charges apply; prices start from £1.40 for one hour and are payable by the RingGo app.
This new playground is thanks to funding from Redbridge Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, and the Mayor of London, all part of the Hainault Restoration Project.
For more information, please visit the Hainault Forest website.