Somerford Grove History
The award winning Somerford Grove Adventure Playground was opened in the summer of 2005 by Haringey Play Association (HarPA) – an independent charity and not-for-profit company limited by guarantee - and is situated in the Northumberland Park Ward of the London Borough of Haringey, one of the most deprived areas in London, and about 200 metres from Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
Funded and built by HarPA as part of Somerford Grove Community Project, the adventure playground was the firstbrand new staffed, adventure playground to be built in London for over 20 years. It is the only adventureplayground in Haringey, and currently funded entirely with money from trusts and charities.
Haringey Play Association started the development of Somerford Grove Community Project in 2001 in response to consultations in the Northumberland Park area. A MORI poll among local adults had highlighted the lack of local facilities for children and young people, and subsequent to this HarPA ran a consultation project, 'Can I Say Something' with children from local schools. Over the course of several workshops and visits to facilities around London, the children were encouraged to think about and design their ideal estate facilities. Top of the 'wish list' was an adventure playground, with outdoor play structures and indoor space for activities.
In light of the consultation, a partnership was formed with 12th Tottenham Scouts, because they had the lease to a run-down Scout Hut on the Northumberland Park estate and were keen to work with HarPA to see it improved and to see more facilities for children and young people in the area. It provides free, open access play opportunities for children and young people aged 5 to 15, all year round, after school term time and in the holidays
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