Sir Francis Barker Recreation Ground
- Sir Francis Barker Recreation Ground
- Leatherhead Road, Chessington, KT9 2NB
In November 2020, we asked for your views on our makeover plans for Sir Francis Barker 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 plans was generally positive and included:
Happy with the overall design and proposal
Very pleased with the new toddler multiplay unit and the trampoline
Requests to remove the existing Hags green climbing unit
Request for a zip wire and sandpit
Based on your comments we have revised the plans for Sir Francis Barker playground. Key changes include:
We agreed with your feedback that the green climbing frame should be replaced and the playground will now feature a wooden rabinia climbing frame. This will be located where the original climbing frame is on site, next to the junior area.
Unfortunately due to the size of the playground and budget for the project, we are unable to add any further pieces of equipment. A new large sandpit will be located under a mile away at RAF Chessington.
The Final Design
The playground improvement works were completed in June 2021.
The refreshed toddler area features a four tower activity multi play unit with a range of activities to support climbing and imaginative play, two seated springers and new accessible equipment including a floor trampoline and wheelchair roundabout.
The junior area benefits from a new three-way seesaw, spinner bowl and standing spinner. This creates a wealth of different activities including, climbing, rocking, spinning, sliding, rotating, bouncing, swinging, social play, balance, challenge and learning. A basket swing with new coloured flooring has also been introduced.
The original green climbing frame has been replaced with a new wooden rabinia climbing frame and the existing benches, as well as the swings with cardle seats, trim trail, three tower multiplay unit and multi play unit have been retained and refreshed.