With spring blooming and the temperatures in London close to 25c as the school term draws to a close, Lollard Street Adventure Playground was today preparing to open its gates to children for the first time since December.
The 3rd Covid lockdown enforced the playground’s extended closure from the end of the winter term, with playwork staff being placed on furlough for the third period since the pandemic hit Britain in March 2020.
The team are now looking forward to returning to work and seeing the children and young people again, after first spending a full day gardening, cleaning and safety-checking the playground’s largely homemade wooden play structures.
Playworker, Davida, herself a former playground user, said “I’m so excited to see everyone again and catch up with them after such a long lockdown. It’s going to be fun!”.
During the lockdown period, the Kennington Association, the local charity which manages the playground, has taken advantage of the opportunity to renovate the larger of its two sports pitches. In partnership with the Play Five Aside football company, a new synthetic sports surface, a new fence and new floodlights have been installed, ready for the resumption of outdoor sports.