Adult playground will be erected in either Clayhall or Barkingside

Do you think this would be a fun way to work out? Picture: Flicker/Marivic Pinedo Phtography

Do you think this would be a fun way to work out? Picture: Flicker/Marivic Pinedo Phtography - Credit: Archant

Have you ever wistfully watched the kids swinging in the playground or even had a cheeky go yourself on the zip wire?

Adult monkey bars are already in operation at Kennington Park. Picture: calisthenics-parks.com

Adult monkey bars are already in operation at Kennington Park. Picture: calisthenics-parks.com - Credit: Archant

Well, dream no more as Redbridge Council has confirmed it is erecting an adult playground at either Clayhall Park, Longwood Gardens or Fairlop Waters, Forest Road.

Deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for finance and resources, Councillor Kam Rai, said grown-up sized monkey bars, climbing ropes and a space for group apparatus activities will be built hopefully by the end of summer.

“We are going to build an adult playground at one of two parks and there will be things like monkey bars and an area for group gym workouts,” he said.

“It won’t be like the outdoor gym equipment already in our parks - it will have callisthenics apparatus and climbing ropes so residents can use their own body weight to work out.”


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Mum of two, Melissa Bell, 39, likes to play in the children’s playground with her two boys when “no one is looking” and is excited about an adult’s version.

“No matter what age you are, everyone loves a go on the swings and roundabouts,” she said.

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“I would go on the slide too if I wasn’t worried about my thighs getting stuck.

“An adult playground is a great idea, however, it would be great if there was an adult and children area combined as who is going to look after my kids while I do it - a section for the whole family would be even better.”

Leader of the council, councillor Jas Athwal said the plans are part of a drive to help the people of the borough to lead active and healthier lifestyles.

“Over the recent years street workouts and callisthenics have become more popular and it is a great, low-cost way for people to work out together.

“It helps to promote health and wellbeing and increases our offering to residents.

“We are working up plans for a location and the specification and hope to have it up and running later this year.”

An adult playground sounds great in Clayhall and an adult playground sounds great in Barkingside - but which area will triumph?

There is only one way to see which location residents prefer - take our poll and discover if your views are in line with you fellow Redbridge neighbours.

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