Parkour at the park

Young people are set to benefit from new equipment in Royston Park following requests from local residents for facilities suitable for older children.

The St Helier, the Wrythe & Wandle Valley Local Committee agreed to provide funding for parkour equipment and a basket swing after the council consulted with local schools and residents on what their preferred choices would be for the park.

Parkour, which developed from military assault course training, involves running, climbing and jumping across obstacles. The parkour course at Royston Park will also be used for youth community events.

The basket swing will be accessible to young people of all ages, including those with disabilities. Like the parkour equipment, it was chosen not only because it was a popular choice in the feedback, but for its robustness, making it more difficult to be damaged.

The funding for the new equipment comes from money made available to Local Committees from the London Borough of Sutton. There are Local Committees throughout the borough who can award funding to local projects or for improvement works in public areas. The St Helier, the Wrythe & Wandle Valley Local Committee will also cover the cost of the annual maintenance costs of the new facilities.

Cllr Colin Stears, Vice Chair of the St Helier, the Wrythe & Wandle Valley Local Committee said, “We were pleased to be able to fund a project like this, as not only does it provide somewhere local for older children to go, but it also encourages them to be more active and consequently more healthy.”

For more information and details of how to apply for funding from your Local Committee, through a Neighbourhood Grant or Public Realm capital, visit the council website.


Basket swings can be used by children of all ages and abilities