RAF Chessington Playground
- RAF Chessington Playground
- Coppard Close, Chessington
In November 2020, we asked for your views on our draft makeover plans for RAF Chessington playground. Residents had their say on Kingston Lets Talk and via our first ever virtual drop in sessions. Thanks to your great input we have adapted our plans and we are pleased to announce the final design.
The feedback on the plan was overwhelmingly positive:
Residents were happy with the suggested theme for the playground and the overall design.
Requests for us to complete the pathway renovation works in the wider park.
Requests for water features and a full length zip wire
Due to the strong support for the proposal no changes were required.
We have listened to your feedback regarding the pathway resurfacing and have now finished our pathway improvement works throughout the park, improving access to the site for the whole community.
Unfortunately the site is unable to cater for water features as there is no water supply on site. Due to the extensive costs to do such works, this would far outweigh the budget for the project. It was found unsuitable to include a full length zip wire as currently we have three new zip wires at two sites within a mile radius of RAF Chessington. These are located at King Edwards Recreation Ground and Churchfields Recreation Ground.
The Final Design
The final design brings the local aviation heritage of the site to life and caters to people of all ages.
The playground is centred around a floor trampoline and new floor markings resembling a bypass highway to help children learn about road safety.
Children will be able to climb onto the new Chessington Control Tower multi play unit in the toddler area and look through the binoculars to search for departing and landing planes on the new runway feature. There is a sit down plane and talk tubes for children to communicate with each other while they play.
The wider play area will include a range of inclusive equipment including a roundabout, a sandpit with wheelchair access via a ramp and swings with added ‘You to Me’ seats that allow adults to accompany children on the swings.
A new agility trail climbing net will replace the existing climbing net to provide a more exciting challenge for children.
The new teen area includes a zip wire and agility nature trail equipped with a number of exciting climbing and balancing challenges.
There will also be a new outdoor gym area, with a wide range of equipment to suit all abilities, including push up bars, an exercise bench and exercise ladders for complete body workouts.
The existing basket swing, multiplay unit, springer seat and sit down tractor on the site will be retained.
The current roundabout will be removed and the site will benefit from a new inclusive roundabout.
The fencing and gates around the play area perimeter will be retained.
The current climbing frame on site will be removed.
The works on site are due to start in April 2021 during this time the playground will be closed for an estimated duration of 4 weeks and the closest alternative playgrounds will be King Edwards Recreation Ground and Woodgate Avenue Playground.