Hilly Fields playground opening weekend


The new Hilly Fields playground began its opening weekend with a full house with hundreds of kids trying out the new star attractions including a spinning wheel, a sprawling sand and water pit and a wicked little slide.

It was fitting that the playground opening coincided with FA Cup Final day, since the predictions that the new turf would struggle were proved accurate - in many places the cracks were already beginning to show.

However, that aside, the park is a great success. The landscaping and planting has softened the park's exposed setting and turned it from a playground in to an adventure playground that's as much of an improvement for the accompanying parents as it is for the kids.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was open yesterday.

abdou said...

...which affects the words 'opening weekend' not at all.

Shame about the grass - doesn't look promising for the bits on those banks. Looks great otherwise - can't wait til my daughter's big enough to play there.

Anonymous said...

The copy has been edited. It used to say 'opening day'. Not very honest.

Blue sky said...

It's amazing. Well done to Hilly for making it happen. We have had 2 lovely afternoons there, the atmospere has been fantastic and there's a real buzz about the place now. Surely the entrepreneurs of the area will be clamouring to open a cafe! It's soooooo much more relaxing for parents than the previous incarnation - it feels really safe and friendly and open, and parents can sit down on the grass, which wasn't a comfortable prospect before, in the main playground, as it was all Tarmac.

Blue sky said...

Oh, and the hexagonal tyre swing unit is a triumph! I really wanted a go but in the 2 hours that we were there, I never spotted one become available. They are going to be incredibly popular.

Bea said...

Yay hey - will be heading there this afternoon! The little'n has been looking over the fence with such longing for so long that it'll be amazing to actually try the stuff out.

Also saw the new gate last weekend. Think it' a huge improvement and beautifully in keeping with the new look.

Anonymous said...

Bet they wont have to change the turf as much as Wembley do though.

hilly said...

Just to confirm, as I am a bit weary of being asked...but we are awaiting the new seats for the toddler swings. We are investigating whether we can put the old seats up in the interim.

Anonymous said...

been thinking about the hut and turning it into a tea house. Anyone know how you get round planning permission, building regs, fire safety, health and safety, food hygiene, local dimwit conservationsists from Broc Soc...

bored and tired said...

You can't really 'get round' planning permission, food hygiene, H&S etc, anon - if you 'get round' them, people might not want to visit your tea hut! You just have to jump through all those relevant, important, time-consuming hoops.

bored and tired said...

BTW, would just like to say how much we have been enjoying the park since it opened! It is brilliant. I love it, my kids love it, everyone's a winner.

Name said...

Well I can't help with ideas on how to 'get round' get round planning permission, building regs, fire safety, health and safety, food hygiene, but I can suggest some names for your potential establishment.

The Brockley Yuck
Filthy McNastys
TheIwouldn'teathereifitwasthelastteahouse onearth.

Anonymous said...

Our lovely Victorian Park is in a conservation area and I think you'd find a lack of support for your dimwit approach.

In fact whilst I'm thinking about it, the park would not exist if it wasn't for conservation minded folk, a little like the people in the Brockley Society.

Now Then said...

I noticed that Lewisham had an application in the South London Press last week to lease 'several small depot buildings' on hilly fields as 'changing rooms' refreshments, storage' Does this include the hut? Where would Keith go in the event of his H.Q. and toilet block becoming a cafe? Hilly?

Monkeyboy said...

Maybe for the proposed cricket thing?

Now Then said...

Possibly, The Football camps use the big shed next to the bothy at present.

hilly said...

It is the Bothy Buildings towards the bowling club. They are to be leased for the cricket project. I'll try and put something up on Hilly Fields website..when I have time.

Monkeyboy said...

Well done on the playground. Ran past last night and it was rammed, was tempted to have a go myself but a sweaty middle aged bloke playing on the slide may have caused some consternation. Looks like an unalloyed success

Just think of all those hungry parents and toddlers who could use a cafe, even if only for the summer months at the weekend?

Headhunter said...

I was running on Hilly Fields last night too! What time were you there? I'm wondering if I passed you at high speed sprint... I was there at about 8 ish

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