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New playground opens at Sayes Court Park

New playground is part of the £700,000 investment from Section 106 and NCIL funds to upgrade play areas in three popular Deptford parks – Sayes Court, Evelyn Green and Folkestone Gardens. Lewisham Council is committed to enhancing green spaces in the borough and providing increased play spaces for children.

An enthusiastic Year 3 class from Deptford Primary School joined Damien Egan, the Mayor of Lewisham, this week to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished playground at Sayes Court Park. They were joined by Cllr Brenda Dacres, Deputy Mayor, and Cllr Andre Bourne, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, together with the Lewisham Mayoresses. 

The new playground refurbishment at Sayes Court features some exciting new play equipment, including a magnificent wooden Golden Hind ship which pays tribute to the area’s maritime history near the Thames. There is also a brand new sandpit area, a new spinner bowl and an exciting new climbing frame. The swings have been upgraded as well, with a new “You and Me” swing, allowing less able children to be with a parent, and the Birds Nest swing, also encouraging more inclusive play.

The Sayes Court playground refurbishment has been made possible by local development funds from Section 106 and NCIL and is part of a larger £700,000 project to upgrade play areas in three popular Deptford parks, including Sayes Court, Evelyn Green and Folkestone Gardens.

Alongside this, the Council will continue to work with community groups to secure more future funding for further green investments in Deptford, prioritising the health and wellbeing of residents of all ages.

For more information regarding parks and open spaces in Lewisham, please visit 
Lewisham Council - Parks and open spaces

Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham said:
“It was lovely to open our new playground at Sayes Court. We were joined by children from Deptford Park school who were having a great time on the new equipment. We have another two playgrounds coming in Deptford and we’re visiting all Lewisham’s parks to see where we can make more improvements.”

Cllr Andre Bourne, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said:
“We are very proud of our green spaces and Lewisham was recently ranked as having the best parks in London! The Council’s investments in Deptford parks are a recognition of the importance of play and physical activity for children. I know there are many families in Lewisham who do have their own gardens so creating safe spaces for children to explore, socialise and enjoy is really important, especially for supporting mental and physical wellbeing.”

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