Greenwich Parent Voice is pleased to have consulted on developments in the borough's largest green space, Royal Greenwich Park. Many parents will have enjoyed the new play facilities for young children in the north side of the park, and GPV are now involved in making sure that Phase 2 of the re-design is really inclusive and can offer play opportunities for the most disabled children.
We've had a series of meetings with the Michael Loughlane, Assistant Park Manager and LUC architects and have been able to put forward parent views on the current design. Working in collaboration with so many professionals in Greenwich across children's services means that we are also able to draw in targeted expertise. On this occasion we brought with us Vickie Lambert, Manager of Highly Specialised Paediatric Occupational therapy and Phyisotherapy for Oxleas NHS Trust.
We're delighted and excited by the new proposals which have taken on board so many of our parents' concerns. Items on our wish list have made it straight into the scheme, such as a wheelchair accessible roundabout and basket swings. Paths have been designed with generous widths and with sensitivity to children who struggle with changes of level. Sensory elements appear everywhere; water play, sound and tactile elements. We also made it clear that parents need to be in full view of their children, so care has been taken with sight lines and controlled exit points.
Children with limited mobility and with other challenges which could prevent them being able to access conventional play areas will now be able to play happily and learn new physical skills with their friends. The location of this play area in one of London's most beautiful natural spaces means that children can also explore the area outside the playground; hills, plains and valleys, ancient trees, incredible viewpoints and an abundance of wildlife.
The images below are details from the 'concept design' for the play area, it gives you a taste of the scheme proposed however the level of funding raised will have an impact on the final installation.
Recently we've been asked to participate in a wider consultation; the Greenwich Park Revealed Project. We're being consulted on the proposed changes and improvements to the park infrastructure, interpretation, accessibility, biodiversity and other park elements.
All these plans are at an early stage with much consultation to take place before submitting an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery.