Kids go batty for new play area
23 Oct 2013 I Tottenham Journal
Youngsters were out in force for the official opening of a new play area which features a giant bat sculpted from wood - just in time for Halloween.
The Sycamore Gardens play area, a stone’s throw from Seven Sisters station, has been redeveloped after the previous rotting wooden sculptures and climbing frame began attracting anti-social behaviour.
Concerned families on the Sycamore Estate, formerly a Jewish hospital and home for “incurables”, were put at the centre of plans to overhaul the site, and worked on them with natural play designer and builder Max Mueller, from children’s play space charity London Play.
Mr Mueller said it was great to see the children enjoying the fruits of their labour. “Because they were so involved in the design, they really feel like they own it,” he said. “Together we’ve made it so much more welcoming.”
This sense of ownership extends to the ongoing maintenance of the facilities, with residents having agreed to play a role in the play area’s upkeep.
The revived space features a carved bat with climbable wings, five-a-side football goals which were built by the children themselves, a rope tree swing, natural exercise equipment and log seating.
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