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MLK Adventure Playground is a place where children are free to climb, swing, build dens, cook over an open fire: to experience a truly adventurous childhood. Sadly, possibilities are limited by an ageing building that's no longer fit for purpose. Poorly situated, with an inflexible layout and little natural light, it's hard to supervise children or accommodate different age groups and activities. We want to replace the existing building with one which lets play flow from inside to out. A more flexible layout better connected to the exterior would create a true community hub, capable of hosting outdoor classroom days for schools, children's parties and other community events. Islington Council have already pledged support for the project. However, in order to unlock funding, we need to show designs which demonstrate consideration and broad community support. We're seeking funding to develop innovative and sustainable designs through a programme of six community consultation events
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
MLK Adventure Playground is one of Islington's oldest and most popular adventure playgrounds with over 11,000 child visits last year. It opened in 1968, the year of Dr. King's assassination, when the area suffered from overcrowding, poverty and racial tension, as the only open space for children to play. In 2017, Islington has the 5th highest rate of child poverty among London boroughs (38%). A recent survey found that 58% of children attending local adventure playgrounds claim free school meals. At the same time, Islington has the second least public green space of all London boroughs, and fewer than 25% of children have access to private gardens. The playground is integral to the local community, a resource that helps children develop self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience while supporting their parents. Relationships built here extend into all other walks of life. Investing in a new building will allow us renew an invaluable resource, and open our doors to even more people
Steps to get it done:
As a local non-profit organisation, IPA has been working for over 40 years to create, provide, support and enhance children’s play across the borough. We strive to nurture children’s freedom, resilience and confidence through play. One key way that we aim to achieve this is through our adventure playgrounds which offer rich and exciting environments for children to play. The playgrounds are open access and free to attend, ensuring equality of opportunity for all. On an Adventure Playground children’s ideas are key, they determine the content and intent of their play. Qualified playworkers are on hand to ensure children are safe and supported. We invite you to be part of our ongoing mission to improve children's lives in Islington.
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