Parks and playgrounds

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Parks and playgrounds are open 24 hours a day every week all year round free of charge at the point of use for everyone. So that everybody can use and enjoy their time in public parks certain restrictions apply. Find out some of the things you can do in  parks and playgrounds, and whether you need to get permission first.

You and your park

There are 32 public parks in the Borough of Wandsworth, many have children’s playgrounds.

  • Many large parks provide good exercise areas for dogs to run.  Please be aware that in some parks or some areas of parks there are restrictions on dogs and dog exercise.  Dog walkers are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs in all the parks.
  • In some parks exercise equipment and outdoor gyms are provided free to use.  Several games areas – for basketball, netball or 5-a-side football – are available free of charge.  In other parks you can book to use the marked sports pitches and there is a cost for this. Most tennis courts are available at a fee.
  • You may enjoy a walk in the park, meeting friends, enjoying the fresh air and nature.  You may enjoy a trip to a park cafe or bring your own picnic but, please, no barbeques anywhere in any of the parks.
  • In some of the large parks Wandsworth Council has let concessions which charge for use of the facilities.

If there is an activity you want to carry out in a green place in Wandsworth which is not covered here, contact us.

Playgrounds

Playgrounds are for children only, and adults if accompanied by a child.  There are usually seating areas as well as play equipment. Dogs are not allowed in any playground.

To find out where all the parks, playgrounds, and exercise places are, see Green places.

See below for more details and how to apply for permission.

 

Parks and Events Police Service are seconded to Enable where they patrol the parks, enforce byelaws and steward events. Contact parkspolice@wandsworth.gov.uk

All children and young people have the right to play and be included in their local communities.  Our playgrounds provides the best possible play opportunities, attracting children, capturing their imaginations and giving scope to play in new, more exciting and more challenging ways. All of the playgrounds are accessible to children of all abilities and  when we refurbish playgrounds we are adding inclusive equipment that can be enjoyed by children of all abilities.

Each of our playgrounds is  designed to conform to the recommendations BS EN 1176 and 1177 British Standards, in design, manufacture and installation of  equipment and safer surfacing. Each Playground is different and offers playground equipment from a wide range of manufacturers and designs.

We know that children who access play opportunities enjoy a range of significant benefits. Play supports their sense of wellbeing, emotional development, learning and interpersonal skills, health and independence. It is also important in terms of children having fun and enjoying life. Play has been shown to contribute to social development, including social skills such as turn taking  and following rules, empathy, self-regulation, self-confidence, impulse control, and motivation.

Where is your nearest playground?

We have 49 playgrounds (and counting!) across the borough. How many have you been to? Check out the list and visit as many as you can.

List of Playgrounds

Play can help prevent obesity

Research has found that doing 15 minutes a day of moderate exercise (enough to get a child a little out of breath) lowers children’s chances of being obese by almost 50 percent. Play is one of the best ways for children to use up calories, and so increasing the time children spend playing could contribute to reducing obesity.

Who to contact about Playgrounds

To contact us about a playground in a park or green place, please email playgrounds@wandsworth.gov.uk.

Facilities at your local playground

For specific information about your local playground please click here (link to be added 27 July). Please note that, unless stated, the majority of playgrounds do not have toilet facilities.

Please check parking and parking conditions before you set off. Where possible, we encourage people to walk/cycle/scooter to the park – it is healthier and more fun!

Industry Professionals

Play England

Campaigns for all children and young people to have freedom and space to play throughout childhood. We work with national partners, corporates and other organisations with shared aims to raise awareness about the importance of play.

HSE

Make sure that mistaken health and safety concerns do not create sterile play environments that lack challenge and so prevent children from expanding their learning and stretching their abilities.

The Association of Play Industries (API)

The lead trade association for the UK play sector. Its member companies are the UK’s leading providers of playgrounds, indoor play facilities, play equipment and safety surfacing for schools, local authorities, parish councils, leisure attractions, holiday parks, housing developments and hospitality venues

RPII

Playground safety and equipment inspections include Annual Safety Inspection and Reports, Post-Installation Safety Inspection, Operational and Routine Inspections

Trim trails and outdoor gym equipment are available in several parks and are free for anyone to use. If you wish to offer your services as a fitness trainer in any parks you must apply for a permit to hold your activities.

As a personal trainer:

  • You may work with a maximum of two clients at a time
  • A valid permit must be produced if challenged
  • You may not use any structure, furniture, tree or other plant for exercise activities
  • Byelaws apply

As a fitness trainer:

  • Working with more than two clients at a time, up to a maximum of thirty people
  • all the above conditions for a personal trainer apply, and in addition your permit will state the time/day and location where you may practice.

To apply contact Quadron Services  phone 020 8767 1830; fax 020 8767 8956.

Management Advisory Committees (MACs) are volunteers who represent various interest groups who are active on Tooting Commons or Wandsworth Common.  Both MACs hold annual public meetings which are advertised in advance on the commons.  All users of the common are welcome to attend

The Wandsworth Common Management Advisory Committee: Annual Public Meeting

Naturescope (next to Skylark Café)

Wandsworth Common SW18 3RT

All users of the common are welcome to attend

The Tooting Common Management Advisory Committee: Annual Public Meeting

St Anselms School, Louisville Road

19 Tooting Bec Road

SW17 8BS

 

 

Please note that ‘Magnet Fishing’ is NOT permitted in any of the open water spaces in Wandsworth. Fishing Licences only permit ‘normal’ rod and line fishing. If you witness any one using this technique, please contact the Parks Police on 020 8871 7532 or email parkspolice@wandsworth.gov.uk

More information about fishing

For any commercial event or large organised community or social event, contact Enable’s events team for details on 020 8871 7534.

If your event involves fewer than 50 people you don’t need special permission but you must consider and abide by the following:

  • Barbeques are not permitted in any public park in Wandsworth
  • You may not put up a gazebo or any other structure in a park; use the natural shade/shelter provided by trees
  • Please remove any litter or rubbish that you bring into the park after your event
  • Bye-laws apply
  • You may wish to check that there is no major event or sports use of the area at the time that you plan to use it

Organised use of a grass pitch must be booked in advance. This includes:

  • any organised sports game or practice
  • organised schools’ use, whether for lessons, competition or play
  • social gatherings which require the exclusive use of the space for a temporary period

To make a booking contact Quadron sports bookings by email or visit Quadron’s website.

Refe to Wandsworth.gov.uk