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messageAdventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Fuschia 07 August, 2009 09:27

After previous threads on this, the outdoor kit is now open, but consists now of just 3 rope swings. Apparently they're not allowed to have anything else as it would be too dangerous!

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Mamma Mia 08 August, 2009 08:04

Saw them working on other structures a while ago while my girls were swinging on the rope. What on earth were they building that is deemed to be too dangerous? The adjacent skate park is potentially more dangerous than an adventure playground surely?

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Posted by Fuschia 08 August, 2009 08:16

That';s just it, they haven't built anything dangerous. In my day, an adventure playground had things you could climb on, things you could slide down, etc

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was 2009:08:08:08:22:10 by Fuschia.

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Pickle 08 August, 2009 08:20

Funny how things change - I remember playgrounds with concrete under the swings, high towers without railings etc... and I'm still here to tell the tale!

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Posted by Mamma Mia 08 August, 2009 21:18

Health and Safety gone mad, as usual. How did you find out they are not planning to put anything else in there? So disappointing as the park badly needs something to cater for the older kids.

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Posted by Fuschia 08 August, 2009 22:15

The staff said.

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Mamma Mia 09 August, 2009 08:38

Such a shame. The skate park is brilliant and my older boys would have loved it when they were younger but my girls are not really into it. The adventure playground would have been perfect for them.

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Fuschia 09 August, 2009 08:47

My (Tory) councillors were quite responsive about this when I was trying to find out when it would reopen... so i've contacted them about this disappointing policy not to actually have much in the way of outdoor equipment.

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by kingy68 09 August, 2009 18:31

I spoke to the staff in the adventure , the lady playworker told me there are plans for another 3 swings to be erected some time this year ! by the sounds of it they are unsure as well.

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Fuschia 09 August, 2009 18:57

kingy68 Wrote:
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> I spoke to the staff in the adventure , the lady
> playworker told me there are plans for another 3
> swings to be erected some time this year ! by the
> sounds of it they are unsure as well.

They said to me they'd had to take down their big platform due to "EU regulations"

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Keef 09 August, 2009 22:33

I used to love that adventure playground when I was a kid! It was a real test of yourself going to the higher and higher platforms and taking the leap of faith. Probably was dangerous, but then, I don't remember anyone getting more than a grazed knee. Thing is, health and safety has only gone mad because we have adopted his horrible compensation claiming culture.

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Mamma Mia 09 August, 2009 22:57

But surely they can build climbing apparatus that is within EU regulations like they do everywhere else? I particularly like the wooden structures that are a bit different from the run-of-the-mill metal playground frames that you often find out in woodland areas in the country. Kids need a challenge not just a swing.

Agree about the compensation culture but shouldn't it come down to "you ride at your own risk" at some point? As long as consideration has been given to making a structure as safe as it can be and within regulations. Anyway, why has it taken them so long to reach this decision? The reopening of the adventure playground has been imminent for ages.

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Moos 10 August, 2009 11:41

It sounds like a bit of a strange excuse to me. There are adventure playgrounds with large structures all over London. The spider climbing wall recently erected in the playground opposite the Hornimans, for example, has plenty of potential for falling off!

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Fuschia 10 August, 2009 14:25

Yes. WE have been waiting for 3 years for the adventure playground at P Rye to be rebuilt, and now it seems to consist of just 3 ropes hanging down :-(

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Fuschia 10 August, 2009 14:26

My councillor, Lewis Robinson, has been taking it up for me and is going to go back to the Council now and see what's going on. They never did admit why it had take years to get the kit back into action!!

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Posted by nunheadmum 10 August, 2009 19:18

I've heard of playgrounds in other London boroughs where they are now deliberately buidling them risky and putting up notices warning parents etc that they are built to allow kids to learn about risk and test their boundaries etc. It's a shame I think that it has to be so explicit and 'controlled'. But if others can do it, it makes me wonder why they can't do more for the 'adventure' playground.

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Smiler 13 August, 2009 14:18

I was always terrified of adventure playgrounds and still find the normal playground really scary - trips with my daredevil toddler are a big stress for me!

I prefer bouncy castles.

But sounds a bit rubbish about the Rye.

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Posted by Ko 13 August, 2009 14:32

i wonder if its a funding issue? so many delays often indicate that the council is stalling spending the money??

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Posted by samyb1 16 August, 2009 20:09

I remember the original adventure playground and it was wicked, this new one is just pants.... what a let down boooooooo

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by GMartin 21 August, 2009 13:36

I have just picked up on some of the forum entries relating to the Adventure Playground in Peckham Rye Park.

My name is Garry Martin and I am the Southwark Play Service Manager. The adventure playground sits within my section and therefore is managed and operated by the Southwark Play Service ( Part of LBS Children's Services ).

I feel it maybe useful to update your members and comment on some of the information highlighted within a number of entries.

As people maybe aware, the facility reopened to the public at the beginning of this year and some work was carried out to prepare the site for the delivery of a summer programme.

During the spring/summer term, the old remaining structures were removed and the first phase of the outdoor development programme started. Some resurfacing work was completed, one new major swing was constructed and two existing pieces of equipment were modified and upgraded.

We do not usually undertake construction work during key school holiday programmes, so at this stage, the first phase was put on hold until the Autumn term. This both allowed the safe delivery of the summer play programme, and permitted us to build up a larger group of regular users, who could then be given an opportunity to influence the design and/or detail of the new structures being developed.

I must stress that the current provision of swings and their design has not been restricted in any way by issues related to risk and/or health and safety guidelines. Future phases will include more structures, including cable runways, tyre swings and a large border swing. These will be linked by platforms and walkways, which will incorporate an assault course theme.

The Southwark Play Service recognisies the benefits that children and young people gain, by having access to exciting and challenging play opportunities. Peckham Rye will be developed with this in mind.

Peckham Rye Adventure Playground has special memories for me, as for a number of years, I worked as the facilities Senior Playworker.

The location is a great one and the site has always been well used by local children and young people. Together we will not waste this opportunity to create a first class facility.

I would welcome feedback from the forum, including ideas related to the content of the site and the activities provided.

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messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Peckhamgatecrasher 21 August, 2009 15:40

Well done for coming on here. My only gripe is the speed with which it's been carried out. It's my daughter's 15th birthday today so she has been without this facility for several years and now is too old.

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Posted by Mamma Mia 21 August, 2009 15:48

Excellent. My girls will be delighted. Thanks for the update.

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by GMartin 21 August, 2009 16:20

We are looking to start a new youth session during the coming term and I will let you know the details in case your duaghter may wish to attend ( aimed at 13-19 year olds )

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Posted by Peckhamgatecrasher 21 August, 2009 16:32

Thank you.

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Posted by nunheadmum 22 August, 2009 20:08

Garry, thanks for the update. Glad to hear that more is planned.

Can you update us on what activities currently happen when at the playground/indoor area and for what ages? It's sometimes open when I pass on my way to the swings and my 3 year old wants to go in but I'm never sure if sessions are suitable for her or not. It's never that clear what is happening. I'm sure more folk would use it (and therefore be able to feed back into future developments) if they knew what was on when.

Thanks!

messageRe: Adventure playground - P Rye
Posted by Fuschia 23 August, 2009 10:53

Lewis Robinson also sent me a reply

"

I have investigated this and can now come back to you with an update on what seems a never ending saga.



I have been reassured that the Peckham Rye Adventure Playground will have a number of additional structures designed and installed, including an aerial runway, tyre swing, walkways and mini assault course.



The explanation I have been given for only the rope swings having been installed so far is that some work started before the summer holidays, but during the summer play scheme any major work is put on hold until the new term begins, and that the next phase of the work will take place in October.



I donít find it at all satisfactory that works could not have been planned to complete before the summer, and will reflect that back to officers (including starting earlier than October!)



Maybe by Xmas it will actually be finished!
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