New play equipment unveiled at Loxford Park


LONDON: An impressive new and refurbished play area in Ilford was unveiled on Monday as part of the £1.6m investment pot dedicated to upgrading facilities in parks.

Loxford Park is the next to benefit from the council’s commitment to upgrade parks across Redbridge. With brand new equipment, an improved play area and new picnic benches, residents of all ages can get outside this summer and enjoy the transformed space.

Leader of the council, Cllr Jas Athwal was joined by Deputy Leader, Cllr Kam Rai, local ward councillors and pupils from Woodlands Primary School to open the area which includes new climbing units, see saws, swings and a 3D shark.

Cllr Athwal, who is also the borough’s Cabinet Member for Growth and Leisure, said: “We’re delighted to unveil the new features at Loxford Park.  As a council, we’re committed to providing the very best facilities as this is what our residents deserve.  That’s why we’ve pledged £1.6m to transform parks across the borough and give local families somewhere to go, encourage exercise and most importantly have fun.  We’ve already completed the upgrade of Clayhall and Elmhurst Gardens and the work doesn’t end here, with many more of our parks benefitting from our long-term refurbishment programme.”

Cllr Rai added: “We’re dedicated to ensuring play areas in Redbridge provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all our young people and families. These spaces have an important role in residents’ everyday lives as they offer an opportunity for neighbourhoods to get outside, exercise in outdoors and spend time with their family and friends so I’m thrilled to be opening another brilliant new and improved play facility.  I really hope residents will look after the equipment and help to make sure our parks are kept free of litter.”

Other projects to be completed this year include installation of additional equipment at Clayhall and South Park and a new drainage system and re-surfacing at Barkingside Recreational Ground. A junior area is also undergoing work at Seven Kings Park which is due to be completed in summer.