Recreation Areas and Playgrounds - Churchfields Recreation Ground - Current community parks programme works

Record details

Compton Crescent, Chessington, KT9 2HD
  • playground
  • football
  • outdoor fitness equipment 
  • basketball court
  • two free car parks

New footpath and car park improvements

We are delivering improvement works to create a new footpath and upgrade both car parks. The first phase of the work will be to complete the footpath and then move to the car parks. Our contractor will seek to minimise disruption to site users and keep the car parks open for use other than essential works.

Please refer to the plan for further details of the proposed works.

Should you require any further information about these works or have any concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch with our contact centre 0208 547 5002 or [email protected]

Playground Improvements

In November 2019, we asked for your views on our draft plans for the revamp of Churchfields Recreation playground. Residents had their say at local events and on our consultation portal Kingston: Let’s Talk. Thanks to your great input we have adapted our plans and we are pleased to announce the final design.

You said

The feedback on the plans was positive and included:

  • Asking for more than one trampoline and additional climbing structures.

  • Requesting equipment with a natural wooden design to match the appearance and character of the park.

  • Emphasising the importance of the inclusion of accessible equipment.

  • Wanting more sensory equipment - recommending totem poles.

We Did

Based on your comments we have revised the plans for Churchfields Recreation playground. The changes are: 

Inclusive equipment

You requested additional items were made accessible and in response an inclusive hammock swing has been added to the Monkey Jungle Zone and the roundabout in The Bug Discovery Zone has been made accessible for all. 

Additional trampoline

We agreed with your feedback that trampolines are a popular feature in other parks within the borough, so we have included an additional trampoline in the Crocodile Swamp Zone to help address the predicted demand.

Climbing apparatus

Our younger residents expressed a preference for more challenging climbing equipment, so we have introduced a large Ixo multiplay structure to the Monkey Jungle zone. 

A natural wooden design

Community groups had a preference for some of the equipment to have a more natural design. The Bug Discovery Zone now includes a wooden play train, log steppers, a clatter bridge and swinging steps with an appearance to match that of Churchfields surroundings.

Totem Poles

Feedback suggested that totem poles would be a welcome addition to the Sensory Sandpit Zone. This area will now feature fox and badger animal posts, a height and hand totem, as well as a minibeast and treasure map totem. The poles will add sensory options whilst providing the natural, wooden finish requested for the playground.

Final plan

The final design has integrated play equipment, surfacing and design, creating a play journey. The playground will feature four new distinct play zones - Bug Discovery, Crocodile Swamp, Monkey Jungle, and Inclusive Sensory Sand Zone. Popular existing equipment will be retained and new features, including a cable way will be introduced. Children will now be able to ride on the insect express and play on the toddler pod swing, multi play units, cradle seat swings and inclusive roundabout in the Bug Discovery Zone. An eight-person woodland animal springer, spinning bowl, two trampolines and crocodile multiplay unit will be exciting new features in the Crocodile Swamp. There will be high adrenaline play in the Monkey Jungle with a 5.2m high pyramid climbing net, as well as an Ixo multiplay structure, hurricane swing, hammock swing and the largest pod swing available in the industry. The Inclusive Sensory Sand Zone will have a large sandpit with a wheelchair accessible ramp and will be surrounded by musical games, totem poles, animal faces, sand diggers and picture games for all to enjoy.

Churchfields final design community parks project.


Churchfields Final Design


The next steps

We are pleased to advise that renovation works at Churchfields playground will begin on 1 June 2020. Works will take approximately eight weeks and should be complete by 3 August 2020.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, children’s playgrounds across the borough have been closed since 23 March 2020 and we will endeavour to open playgrounds again as soon as it’s safe to do so.

We have taken a decision to progress this project as our contractor, Proludic, has installed safety measures to protect their workforce and revised its health and safety processes in line with the latest COVID-19 Government and Public Health England guidance. This includes:

  • All workers will undertake a site induction, which includes new COVID-19 specific procedures and guidelines, before works begin.
  • The site will remain clean and hygienic at all times, with workers regularly washing their hands (for at least 20 seconds). Where washing facilities are not available hand sanitiser will be supplied.
  • Workers will be provided with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE). 
  • Workers will follow social distancing guidelines at all times during their breaks and as much as possible on site, where operatives have to work closely together (less than 2 metres) they will be provided with additional protection - a face shield and RPE Respiratory mask.

Ahead of works commencing, the playground will be secured with 1.8 metre security fencing and this will remain in place until playgrounds in Kingston are reopened to the public.

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation, and while the new play area is scheduled for completion by the end of July, the playground may have to remain closed due to continuing restrictions.

We appreciate that this may be frustrating, but the safety of our residents must remain our top priority and the new playground will be ready for everyone to enjoy as soon as restrictions are lifted.

If you have any questions please email: [email protected] or visit: for the latest updates.

Friends of parks

The community groups that work in our parks make a huge difference to the quality of the spaces. They lead on all sorts of activities that make the park a better place. Some run events, some do a lot of gardening, improvements and planting, some run activities and many are involved in the future planning for the park.

If you want to get involved with Churchfields Recreation, contact the local group Friends of Churchfields to find out more. To find out more about other 'Friends of' parks groups in your area, or if you wish to form your own group, please visit our Get involved in your local park page.