The Richard Hope play area is the second of three instalments for KOMPAN in Finsbury Park in London. Named after a local playwright who passed away in the park, the play area has subtle dedications to him throughout, including a staged and seating area for children and local am-dram groups to gather.
The main aim of the park was to be as inclusive as possible, incorporating equipment for those with mobility issues, learning difficulties, and those who are able bodied too.
Surrounded by nature, the play area needed to fit in with its surroundings, which is why the Robinia equipment wood was chosen.
The play area as a whole is very natural and rustic-looking, there are even natural boulders which have been incorporated, giving a feeling of grandeur from the top of the play area looking down on the equipment.
The giant Corocord Explorer Dome is the focal point of the play area, but is also surrounded by many other items such as a multiplay unit, rope bridge, and more traditional pieces like swings and seesaws. As well as all the different equipment types, there’s a lot of space for the adults to sit so they can keep an eye on the children and know they’re safe.
That’s what makes a great park and a great city, somewhere safe, inclusive to all, where people want to come back time and time again.
Location: Finsbury Park, London.
Date of Installation: Spring 2021
Age Group: 2-14
Product Range: Corocord Explorer Dome, Springers, Multiplay, Spica, Basket Swing, Swings, Seesaw, Rope Bridge, Slides, Wheelchair Carousel, Tipi Carousel
Project Value: £350,000 over 3 phases, with 1+2 completed in Spring 2021, and phase 3 to be completed in spring 2022
"What I love about the park is that there are so many different things to go on and I love the ropes because I can do tricks on them."
Mile End, London N4 2PG, England