First playground revamped as £2m parks and pavements investment gains momentum

Latchmere recreation ground

Latchmere Recreation Ground is home to a revamped play area, following works as part of the council’s £2 million investment in parks, pavements and playgrounds in the borough.

The popular children’s space now includes more swings, a new climbing frame, improved surfacing and a sandpit which includes play cranes and a play house.

£500,000 of the £2 million fund has been allocated to renovating eight playgrounds across the Royal Borough.

Cllr Phil Doyle, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Resident Services at Kingston Council, said: 

“Feedback from residents and visitors shaped the plans for Latchmere Recreation Ground. Over 70 people responded to our consultation and we held events on site to ensure that we captured the views of those who use the area. I’m delighted to see that this revitalised outdoor play space is already being used.

“This is just the start of what is set to be a transformational investment in the some of the facilities that matter most to residents. I look forward to sharing more good news as we progress with the borough-wide plans.”

The £2m works include new playground equipment, additional bins and the installation of benches in 14 parks across the borough. Ten stretches of pavement will also be resurfaced with new paving and trees planted on highways.

For more information on the investment, visit the council’s parks and pavement webpages.