Update from City of London on Hampstead Heath play facilities

Further to my recent email, I wanted to take the opportunity to provide an update now that the review has been completed and the plans for the future of the facilities have been determined.

One O’ Clock Club

The One O’ Clock Club (OOCC), at Hampstead Heath, will continue to run year-round, Monday to Friday, between 1pm and 3pm.  A small charge will be necessary which, will be reinvested into running the service, further details will be provided in the New Year.

It was very clear from feedback that this facility holds an important place in the community and I wanted to update you on the future arrangements.  The City will be creating a new post of Play and Learning Project Officer, who will work across both the OOCC and Adventure Playground.  They will be supported by a part-time Play Leader at the OOCC.

 Adventure Playground

While there will be some changes to the operating hours of this facility, it will continue to offer a range of opportunities for young people.

  • After school sessions will continue from April to October 3.15pm to 5pm (3.15pm to 6pm during July & August).
  • The Saturday play sessions will continue April to October during term time from 10am to 4pm.
  • A school holiday programme will continue to operate Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

As is the case for the OOCC, a small charge will be necessary.  The equipment at the Adventure Playground is being reviewed to enable children over 8 to access the playground outside of the sessions detailed above.

In addition, the City of London Open Spaces Department is developing a new Learning Programme which will be responsible for school sessions across the Heath.  It will also introduce new projects for young people to learn about and experience nature.  These new schemes will include a natural play project for families with children under the age of 5 and another working with young people not in employment to develop valuable work-related skills.

The input from staff and the public has been appreciated, and this feedback has been helpful in assisting us move towards a more focussed learning and play offer for children from the Heath’s local communities.  It is clear that there is a great deal of support for these facilities.  The City of London will actively seek to engage with the local community to help develop these valued facilities for the future.

I hope that this information explains the plan to continue to provide play facilities on the Heath, while introducing new projects for young people to learn about and experience nature.

 Best wishes

Yvette

Yvette  Hughes

Business Manager – Hampstead Heath

Telephone: 020 7332 3977

Fax: 020 8348 1677

Email: yvette.hughes@cityoflondon.gov.uk

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