Whilst indoor soft play areas and leisure centres have closed their doors, the gates of a newly renovated playground are now wide open for the children of Plumstead to enjoy.
The refurbishment of Garland Road Playground took just over six weeks to complete, and local children have been waiting patiently for it to re-open, including the children at the neighbouring Greenslade Primary School, who were very excited to run about and try out all the new equipment.
Headteacher at Garland Road, David Ashley said:
“It is absolutely wonderful for the community to have it open again. This is one of the most used playgrounds in Greenwich. What I love is that there is equipment for children of any age to enjoy. What children need is some exercise and a bit of fresh air; as the nights draw in, this space will be very important.”
Councillor Adel Khaireh, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Equalities said:
“As we are now in the second lockdown, we are again finding ourselves in the difficult position of not being able to go out and interact with our local community. Although this is essential to help stop the spread of the virus, it nevertheless has a big impact on our wellbeing. The great news is that playgrounds are still open for families to enjoy, in particular those who may not have outside spaces of their own. The newly refurbished Garland Road Playground is a fantastic place for local children to visit. It has always been a popular playground but this refurbishment, which has happened at just the right time, will make such a difference to the area.”