Tuesday, 24 June 2008
I thought there was a credit crunch going on somewhere!
Hot on the heels of the Mayor of London wanting to give money away for London's parks - news today of the Mayor of Hackney wanting to do the same for playgrounds in Hackney!!
It turns out that he has won £2.5 million from the government to do up - or build new playgrounds for Hackney's kids.
Well........ what do you reckon?
I know that this question was asked a few years ago - and that some residents definitely did NOT want a playground in our green.
Well - maybe it's time to ask the question again for 3 reasons:
1. There are a whole heap of great new residents in the square
2. There are a whole heap of new families living in Leabank Square - some of whom have toddler age kids
3. Leabank Square was specifically designed as a family-friendly square - with it's very safe traffic calming measures, one entrance/exit & every flat or house having a clear view of the green (where most of the kids play).
The main objections last time were
....... that kids from outside Leabank Square would come in to play as well - well - so what? If it is safe for our kids - why not share it?
.... and that the older kids (teens I think) would hang out on the equipment & vandalise it. Well - I can't think of a single teen or older person who would spoil the fun for their younger siblings. Plus - it wouldn't be seen as cool for teens to hang out on miniature swings & climbing frames!
Anyway - please feel free to share your thoughts here on this blog by commenting - or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org & let us ALL know what you feel.
If you want to email the Learning Trust (Mayor's department responsible for spending all this lovely money) direct to find out more - please go to www.learningtrust.co.uk & go to 'Contact Us'.
But pleeeeezzzzz - let's all talk about this idea - the more we chat - the better we know each other!