Blythe spirit returns to the Hill


The children's playground in Blythe Hill Park has re-opened after a lengthy closure, during which it was refurbished with a grant from Play England.

Like the new playground in Hilly Fields, Blythe Hill playground makes use of natural materials to create a softer play landscape.

Photo courtesy of Svea.

21 comments:

Svea said...

the new playground is lovely and was overrun with children five minutes after the barriers were removed on friday afternoon.
please can someone update us when Hilly Fields is available again as this also looks like it will be a very nice space - also using natural materials but with quite a different feel to Blythe Hill playground.

Svea said...

PS: some images, if they be of interest

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/4591906692_09299b9598_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4591286743_7c314e515d_b.jpg

Anonymous said...

None of the apparatus looks nearly dangerous enough. I remember when I was a kid our plaground had a kind
of rocking horse type thing. It disapeared one day, rumours were that there were lost fingers involved. Looks great though, in wonder if there'll be funds available for this kind of thing over the next few years

Anonymous said...

None of the apparatus looks nearly dangerous enough. I remember when I was a kid our plaground had a kind
of rocking horse type thing. It disapeared one day, rumours were that there were lost fingers involved. Looks great though, in wonder if there'll be funds available for this kind of thing over the next few years

The Royal Albert said...

I remember playing on the swings and metal frame of a ship when I was a littlun. For some reason the cold metal of the ship and the woodchips on the floor stick in my mind. Looks a great improvement though, I wonder if it still has problems with drug users leaving their wares on the grass?

maxink said...

That ship was the stuff of dungeons rather than playgrounds.
Good to see the back of it, last year I was very worried when my daughter was playing with it.

Svea said...

@maxink
the ship is still there - nothing wrong with it before or now...my daughter loves playing on it.

max said...

Good to hear it's just perception then. It's serious hardware though.

Yorkshireman said...

Eee. Woodchips. It were gravel in my day. And swings which you could jump off onto cold, hard, scab-inducing tarmac. Tell that to the kids of today and they wouldn't believe you.

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Glaswegian said...

Aye, it were broken glass when I were a wee nipper. None that soft woodchip sh*te. Were mandatory to inject heroin and take acid before entry. Made playtime that bit more fun - considering a few abandoned tires were nae good for nought cept setting ablaze. Good times. 'sall pc gone looney! Bring back Thatcher.

Anonymous said...

I remember playing on the see saw red it was great at the time,never be allowed now with all the H&S,oh dear what kids are missing out on.

Anonymous said...

Who's the kid in the pic ? parents go scurrying for there kids.

Londoner said...

When I was young, Mother used to give me a latte to keep warm. If we did as we were told, we were allowed more fennel for supper :-)!

Anonymous said...

Oh those golden days, childhood. I remember when I was good, farther would put something up my bottom. Come to think of it, papa would frequently treat me to such a probing regardless of my behaviour. Lovely (-:

Anonymous said...

Any update on the Hilly Fields play area ?

hilly said...

They now have the grass matting, which is making it all look a lot less attractive. Not sure the grass will ever have a chance to grow through it. I think the alterations have been made here and there to the bespoke work. The swing seats are being put up today. I hope the toddler cradle seats arrived too. Thanks to our park keeper Keith, who stored the seats and spotted they had sent the wrong ones.

They are hoping it will be open for the weekend, that is this weekend. I heard it was in good use last weekend and with the swing seats in place I imagine there will more children trying it out.

Good to hear that Blythe Hill is up and running.

Mary W said...

Since we are talking about children's playgrounds here, could we have some circumspect editing please.

Mary W said...

Since we are talking about children's playgrounds here, could we have some circumspect editing please.

Mary W said...

Since we are talking about children's playgrounds here, could we have some circumspect editing please.

Anonymous said...

Speak up dear

Jose said...

When I was young, Mother used to give me a latte to keep warm. If we did as we were told, we were allowed more fennel for supper :-)!

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