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Birds and Barking residents flock to new playground

PUBLISHED: 14:32 12 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:32 12 May 2015

Hundreds celebrated the opening of a new playground on Galleons Drive on Saturday, May 9. Photo: Anita Ade.

Hundreds celebrated the opening of a new playground on Galleons Drive on Saturday, May 9. Photo: Anita Ade.

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Giant pigeons were among the hundreds who came in droves to celebrate a new community playground last weekend.

Photo: Anita Ade.Photo: Anita Ade.

The play area in Galleons Drive was shaped by local residents, who contributed to the project by design studio make:good through study trips and researching local playgrounds.

Funded by Barking Riverside, the playground was celebrated on Saturday with face-painting, music, and kite-making supplied by the Rivergate Church. Kids enjoyed the new facilities, which include a biking swing, climbing frames, an expansive slide and a pond frequented by ducks and geese.

The giant pigeons were provided by Helen Ball of Creative Barking and Dagenham, while ball games and dance coaches came courtesy of Triangoals.

Jasper Sutherland of make:good told the Post:

“It was a really wonderful day. Around 500 people came – we didn’t expect so many.

“We come from an architectural background but we are really passionate about involving people in their local area.”


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