Flagship play structure sets sail in Highbury Fields

Islington children are enjoying new outdoor adventures thanks to a new state-of-the-art play structure in Highbury Fields.

The new play unit, which is the largest single play structure in Islington, includes a climbing wall, monkey bars, rope ladders, wooden walkways and a curved slide. It is a wooden structure with colourful cladding. The playground now provides Islington's children and young people with a fantastic chance to play in the open air.

Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington’s executive member for environment and transport said: “Highbury Fields is Islington’s largest park and its playground is extremely popular, with 1,500 visitors every day.

“The new play structure provides all children with a place to play, explore and learn about risk taking and adventure.

“We want residents to have great quality of life and in a borough such as Islington it is important that all children have access to safe and exciting places to play.”

The new structure replaces an older play unit that had been worn out after years of play from generations of Islington children.

Play is an essential part of children’s intellectual, creative and educational development. Through play a child learns and develops as an individual, and as a member of the community.

For more information about Islington's parks and open spaces see http://www.islington.gov.uk/services/parks-environment/parks/your_parks/greenspace_az/Pages/default.aspx

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Picture Caption (left-right)
Georgia Clark (11), Cllr Claudia Webbe, Harriet Warren, Maksim Dodonov (4), Stevie Wilson, Eleanor Murray (4)

Stevie is Maksim's child-minder, Harriet is Eleanor's mother

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