New sensory playground set to open in Ilford this summer

Mick Ferris

A new sensory playground with climbing equipment, musical chimes and a story-telling area has been given the go-ahead by Redbridge Council.

The playground will provide families with early years children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, with space to play and interact with other children.

Work on the sensory playground on the site of the Loxford Leisure Centre in Ilford will begin in May with the planned opening in the Summer this year.

During the school day, the playground will be a facility for the neighbouring Pre-school. During the evenings, weekends and holidays it will be open to the whole community.

The proposals for this valuable community asset were developed by Redbridge Council alongside Loxford School, Vision RCL and the Loxford First Step Pre-school.

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal said: “We’re so fortunate in Redbridge to have so many fantastic local parks and green spaces all across the borough. Loxford Park has been a haven for so many throughout the pandemic and this new playground will give local families even more to do when they visit, as well as serving the pre-school and children with special educational needs and disabilities.”

The new playground, installed by Pentagon Play, will have:

  • Soft play surfacing across the entire site
  • New fencing to enclose the space
  • Climbing equipment
  • Musical chimes
  • Sensory panels and a sensory spinner
  • Benches and a storytelling area

Mick Ferris

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