Brentwood Council to open new £265,000 junior play area at King George’s Playing Fields

The Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Olivia Sanders will open Brentwood Borough Council’s new Junior Play area at King George’s Playing Fields on Monday June 21.

The junior scheme complements the toddler play area at the park and includes a slide and a talk tube so children can speak to each other on different sides of the playground, together with a Spinmee Inclusive Roundabout for different ages and groups so younger children can sit and enjoy the ride accompanied by their parent or carer.

Chairman of the Community and Health Committee, Cllr Cliff Poppy said: “This new junior play area at King George’s Playing Fields is great to see. The park is immensely popular with all generations and compliments the rejuvenated toddler play area has been so well received by residents and visitors alike.

“We earmarked £2m as part of the five year strategy to improve the borough’s play areas and the scheme has already seen the completion of Warley Playing Fields with its outside gym, river road and courage playing fields.

“Given the scenario of the last year, the timing for this could not be better. We know that play areas are vital for our children’s health and wellbeing and it is always a pleasure to see children and families coming together to enjoy them.

While the overall £7m scheme at King George’s progresses with its splash pad and adventure play area, the work on Hutton Recreation Play Area will get underway too.”

CGI image of Hutton Recreation Ground play area

Hutton Recreation Park Play Area will stay open as work begins on Monday June 21 to bring a new range of different challenging and fun equipment for all ages to the play area.

For the junior age group there will be new additions to the park, including double zip lines, a large rope swing, and a large rocking and rotating mobius rider. The traditional swings will include accessible seats as well as flat seats and a basket, the large multi-play climbing frame will cover over 70m2 with over 15 play features and will offer play challenges for all abilities.

A traditional roundabout that is ground level and accessible will compliment some firm favourites from a see saw, toddler and basket swings a large multiplay unit with towers and tunnels for toddlers and an in-ground trampoline. Plenty of seating, social and interactive play will be encouraged by the site featuring natural mounds, wild flower beds and a safari jeep.

The new Hutton Road Recreation Area is expected to open by the end of August.

Cllr Poppy added; “We undertook consultation with all our schemes and Hutton’s play area will benefit from £320,000 to bring it up to date and ensure that the play offerings across Brentwood are now all of the same high standard.

“Working with HAGs and Short Breaks we have made sure a broad range of imaginative and inclusive play opportunities have been included so that all our children particularly those with physical or sensory challenges can enjoy the schemes.

“The new toddler and junior play area will be relocated to nearer the Hutton Community Centre which makes perfect sense, and we have ensured that the existing play area will remain open while the new one is being installed.”

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