Six playgrounds in Greenwich have been chosen for refurbishment, including the installation of new equipment that can be used by children with disabilities.

The playgrounds are being updated with new climbing frames, compact zipwire lines, playhouses, swings, roundabouts, seesaws and springers, sensory play panels and more.

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Greenwich Council has said it is also installing disability-friendly roundabouts and seesaws that have been specifically designed for easy transfer from a wheelchair, or with a more consistent and level surface.

Work on the playgrounds is to start this week and, subject to weather conditions, is expected to take four to five weeks.

The council says that it will provide updates on social media when the playgrounds are ready to reopen.

The six playgrounds undergoing refurbishments are:

  • Abbey Wood Park, Abbey Wood
  • Altash Gardens, New Eltham
  • Fairy Hill Park, Eltham
  • Horn Park, Eltham
  • Hornfair Park, Charlton
  • Southwood Road Park, Eltham

The six sites were chosen for refurbishment after an annual inspection of the playground equipment.

Greenwich Council said that the existing equipment in these playgrounds were approaching the end of their lifespan.

Signage, seating, fencing and bins will also be improved if needed.

The improvements have been funded by the Council and cost £720,000.

The council said that it has taken advice on what changes needed to be made on the sites from Friends of Parks groups and schools.

Cllr Adel Khaireh, Greenwich’s Cabinet Member for Equality, Culture and Communities, said: “It’s great to see these playgrounds are being modernised in a way that will make them more accessible and inclusive for children of all ages and abilities.

“This will provide more interesting and valuable ways for children to play and learn, which is so important to help them develop their agility, coordination and social skills.

“We’re delighted to have the support and insight from local organisations on what will most benefit our children and young people.”

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