The first legacy project to be delivered after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games recently opened at Three Mills Green in Stratford.
Wild Kingdom is a unique and distinctive new play area where children can really let their imagination roam. Wild Kingdom has been designed to allow children of all ages to create their own playground from the natural surroundings. Carefully placed fallen trees, nets and ropes provide climbing frames and swings, whilst giant tree stumps, branches and hammocks provide the tools to build dens. Wild Kingdom also has more traditional play equipment including a maypole swing and trampoline but all have a natural twist.
Yesterday’s launch event included story-telling workshops where children heard the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk and planted their own “magic beans” and craft workshops in which children made wallpaper flowers, both organised by Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford.
This £123,000 play area was commissioned by The Legacy List and London Legacy Development Corporation in collaboration with Lee Valley Regional Park. An auction held by The Legacy List in September 2011 raised money for the Wild Kingdom; the names of donors have been carved into a stone at the entrance to the playground. Donors included Tracey Emin, Young Global Leaders and Anita and Poju Zabludowicz.
The scheme was designed by architectural practice We Made That and contractors Free Play following an international competition organised by the Architecture Foundation.
The natural play area has been constructed by The Landscape Group and took two months to complete. It is part of a wider programme of improvements at Three Mills Green in Bow, east London which has included £1m Mayoral funding from the Olympic Fringe programme and a further £50,000 towards landscaping from Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. The area is a key part of the 26 mile long Lee Valley Regional Park.
The design team have also worked with the Building Crafts College in Stratford, Community Links in Newham and the Play Association of Tower Hamlets to deliver both the play area and the community engagement activities.
IMAGES: Courtesy of London Legacy Development Corporation