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Where do the children play? Here!

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

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Children and parents in the London borough of Islington have overcome an arson attack on their playground to come back and play another day.

The new Three Corners Adventure playground was officially opened Wednesday by Islington Mayor Barry Edwards following last year's suspected arson attack which destroyed the wooden adventure play structure. Over 300 people a week had used the playground and its loss was immediately felt.

Children and young people from the borough helped design a new structure, and Action Play were commissioned to carry out the rebuild. The local community also suggested ideas to improve security in the playground, and local parents set up a Facebook forum in support of the rebuild. 

Changes to the playground include improved security, with lockable doors to the labyrinth area. The rebuild also sees stepping stones, disco balls, mirrors room, star light enclosed tunnel, underground talk tubes, hidden rain sticks and UV mural designs.

Islington Council’s executive member for children and families, Councillor Joe Caluori, said: "We at the council saw how important it was to rebuild the playground so that local children were again able to play and have fun. That is why we funded the rebuild. The continued support during the disruption from children using the playground, parents and families, local community groups, play staff and councillors to rebuild Three Corners Adventure Playground is a testimony to the commitment in Islington for adventure play." 

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