The Royal Parks worked closely with the local community, including Greenwich Parent Voice, a group of parents with children with special educational needs or disabilities, to ensure that the layout is as inclusive as possible for children of all ages and abilities.
Vivien Davies is a community group organiser, dog lover and full-time carer. She lives in Greenwich with her husband, her teenage son, her young daughter who has complex needs, and a very lively Labrador.
She says: “Together with other local parents we’ve helped ensure the designs are inclusive, giving our thoughts on the sketches and models and providing insights from families of children with disabilities. It’s been incredibly rewarding to see the designs evolve into a finished facility that children of all abilities can enjoy.
“My daughter has difficulties with her co-ordination, so it’s essential the playground design is accessible, so she can practise her movement skills, take risks and enjoy the sensory opportunities of sand and water, trees and plants.
“She’s looking forward to playing with other children in this lovely natural environment, rather than just watching them have fun from the side lines.”
Children will be able to immerse themselves in a nature-inspired setting which uses loose, textured and natural materials such as logs, rope and bark to blend in with the park’s landscape.