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Places Stories

A pod of possibilites

In Mile End Park between Solebay Bridge and Hamlets Way sits a green container. With no markings or clue to what it is you need to catch it at a certain time to discover its hidden gems. A trampoline, netting to make hammocks, tents, dressing up cl...
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November 13th 2014
A story by Eleanor Image about Mile End Park. It is a 'Places' story

Keep Playing at the Olympic park

The Keep Playing team are planning a visit to the Olympic Park on Thursday August 21st. The park has sand, water and fountains to play in as well as climbing features and new green spaces to explore. To plan our trip we need to know how many famili...
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August 15th 2014
A story by . It is a 'Places' story

Creating a cardboard City

We know that cardboard boxes are one of the best play resources ever... We know that children have fantastic imaginations and plenty of ideas of what to do with one or more cardboard boxes. We also know that space within our city is limited and tha...
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April 15th 2014
A story by Eleanor Image. It is a 'Places' story
This story is related to East End Homes.

More blooms in the Holly Folly

The Holly Folly is always good to visit if you are close to Crown Gate East in Victoria park. With it's tiny tables and tree stump stools it's a handy space to stop for a game of hide and seek. You can also seek out the mosaics on the ground and all th...
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March 19th 2014
A story by Suzannah Walker about Holly Folly close to Crown Gate East in Victoria Park. It is a 'Places' story.

Play is a social behaviour

Every child has the right to play The Keep Playing project is all about working with communities and their landlords to improve play opportunities for children close to home. Talking to children and adults, advocating for childrens rights to pl...
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January 27th 2014
A story by Eleanor Image about Tower Hamlets. It is a 'Places' story

A playful walk

December 21st is the shortest day of the year when the sun comes up late and goes down early meaning we get the least amount of daylight. So best make the most of the hours there are to be out, getting the vitamin D that our bodies need and the daily e...
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December 19th 2013
A story by Eleanor Image about Mile End. It is a 'Places' story

The Holly Folly Goes Floral

The Holly Folly is a great place to play and you have to seek it out to play there. Here's a clue to find it; come into the East side of Victoria Park through Crown Gate East and look for a grove of smooth leaved holly trees. Once inside the trees you'...
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November 4th 2013
A story by about the Holly Folly in Victoria Park. It is a 'Places' story.

Keep Playing on Dinmont Estate

The play space and ball court at Dinmont Estate has been refurbished after Tower Hamlets Community Housing staff and residents were involved in writing a play plan for the estate and funding was given by The London Marathon Charitable Trust. Childr...
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September 26th 2013
A story by Eleanor Image. It is a 'Places' story
This story is related to Tower Hamlets Community Housing.

A walk in Victoria Park

On August 8th the Keep Playing team had a walk through Victoria Park to discover some hidden playful places and visit the pools park playground. Joined by Play Champion Gabrielle and children from her estate we took a tour starting at Bonner Gate. ...
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August 13th 2013
A story by Eleanor Image about Victoria Park. It is a 'Places' story

The Hut playable space work starts

Work starts at The Hut Since being awarded £22,250 from the London Marathon Charitable Trust in January 2013 work has been going on behind the scenes. Meetings with Tower Hamlets Homes, consultations with residents of all ages, engagement of PLAYL...
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August 13th 2013
A story by Eleanor Image about Gascoigne Neighbourhood. It is a 'Places' story
This story is related to Tower Hamlets Homes.

New swings for Dinmont

New swings and games area at Dinmont estate Thanks to funding from the London Marathon Trust there have been changes to the play space at Dinmont. Children living on the estate managed by Tower Hamlets Community Housing and Spitalfields Housing Ass...
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August 13th 2013
A story by Eleanor Image about Tower Hamlets. It is a 'Places' story
This story is related to Tower Hamlets Community Housing.

Testing the Play Space in QE Park

Tumbling Bay on a Sunny Day After a year of building since the Olympics ended last summer the south park is open with a new play space and cafe. On August 1st the Keep Playing team went to check out what's on offer, its on the edge of Tower Hamlets...
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August 6th 2013
A story by Eleanor Image about sand and water play in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It is a 'Places' story.

Holly Mosaics

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April 8th 2013
A story by about The Hub Building in Victoria Park. It is a 'Places' story.

A Touch of Summer

While you are out and about seeking sunshine and shelter this holiday why not pop in to Victoria Park to check out the Palm trees by the Pools Park and Skate area. The trees were made from design ideas collected over the summer holidays by the Keep...
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April 8th 2013
A story by about The Palm Trees in the Pools Park in Victoria Park. It is a 'Places' story.

Playable space round The Hut

Playable space at The Hut On Sunday March 24th local people came to see concept designs done by PLAYLINK for the green space at the Hut. Both adults and children looked at the range of ideas and had comments to share that will help towards the fina...
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March 28th 2013
A story by Eleanor Image. It is a 'Places' story
This story is related to Tower Hamlets Homes.

Palm trees in Victoria Park

Happy Playful New Year Its January and no snow - so far - unlike previous January days when Tower Hamlets parks have been full of children and adults playing, making snow people, having snowball fights, sliding on whatever can be found and generall...
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January 8th 2013
A story by Eleanor Image about Victoria Park. It is a 'Places' story

Thursday play at Whitehorse Adventure Playground

Starting Thursday December 6th the Keep Playing team (Eleanor and Suzannah) and PATH playworkers will be at Whitehorse Adventure Playground. Play sessions after school are for all ages, we ask parents to stay with children under 6. Afternoons from ...
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December 5th 2012
A story by Eleanor Image about Whitehorse Adventure Playground. It is a 'Places' story

Playing all over the world

Keep Playing all over the world Charlie / Charlotte used to be out most Tuesdays at the play session often with her little brother. Other children asked when Charlie would be out and were always pleased to see her. So when she told us that she is m...
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November 5th 2012
A story by Eleanor Image. It is a 'Places' story
This story is related to Tower Hamlets Homes.

Play at St Stephens

We have been playing out on St Stephens estate since the end of August 2012. We don't really need much stuff for playing just some children and their imaginations but we have used some playful resources, skipping ropes and at one session practiced firs...
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October 17th 2012
A story by Eleanor Image about St Stephens. It is a 'Places' story
This story is related to Tower Hamlets Homes.

Climbing at Whitehorse Adventure Playground

After a busy summer of play sessions at different estates around the borough we had a celebration at Whitehorse Adventure Playground. Families came from the local area as well as travelling from Whitechapel. The children who travelled from their es...
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September 10th 2012
A story by Eleanor Image about Whitehorse Adventure Playground. It is a 'Places' story

Pools Park Opens in Victoria Park

There was a great turn out for the first annual Victoria Park Waterfight and what a fantastic way to celebrate not only the opening of the brand new water play feature but also the first sign of proper sun for the season!  Fami...
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August 2nd 2012
A story by Victoria Park Rangers about The refurbished Pools Park in Victoria Park. It is a 'Places' story.

Play Champions help out at Fieldgate

New Play Champions Ruzina and Yasmin have been helping out at play sessions on Fieldgate estate. They have been at every session helping playworkers with registers and paperwork needed for the funders, Southern Housing and playing with the children thr...
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August 2nd 2012
A story by Eleanor Image about Fieldgate estate. It is a 'Places' story
This story is related to Southern Housing .

Planning for play

Planning for play at Dinmont Residents at Dinmont estate both children and adults would like bigger swings in their play area. One Mum said 'my 4 year old can get in this swing but can't get out without help, I had real trouble lifting her out whil...
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July 31st 2012
A story by . It is a 'Places' story
This story is related to Tower Hamlets Community Housing.

Playing out close to home

Its summer holidays the sun is shining and there is lots of play going on in Tower Hamlets. On July 26th the Keep Playing team from PATH were playing out on 4 different estates and at a community playscheme. Making the most of the sunny weather chi...
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July 27th 2012
A story by Eleanor Image about Cranbrook estate. It is a 'Places' story
This story is related to Tower Hamlets Homes.

All Aboard

Keep Playing recommend all Play Champions who happen to be in Victoria Park to hunt down the canoe that PATH have been involved with. The 10 foot canoe was carved by Welsh chain saw artist Dafydd Hughes and placed in the park (by Cricketers Gate) o...
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July 25th 2012
A story by suzannah walker about Cricketers Gate in Victoria Park. It is a 'Places' story.

We love Trailblazers

We love tea time at Trail blazers, this week Claudia made us rice and hot vegetables with salad and everyone is very kind here. The staff are Clauida, Taile, Karla, Amira they are really kind and helpful because if you need help they can help and e...
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July 6th 2012
A story by Geneva about Trailblazers. It is a 'Places' story

Trailbazers for Play

Trailblazers by Amiyah and Geneva   The parachute is fun, it’s enjoyable. All the kids like to play with it. Everyone likes playing sleeping lions under the parachute. Geneva says that if she was going to teach a parachute game...
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July 3rd 2012
A story by Amiya and Geneva about Trailblazers After School Club in Bethnal Green Mission Church. It is a 'Places' story.

Keeping in touch over summer

During the summer holidays the Keep Playing team and playworkers will be playing out at different places around Tower Hamlets. We are planning new play sessions, some playful events and an evening play event for all Play Champions. We will be playi...
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June 20th 2012
A story by Eleanor Image about Tower Hamlets. It is a 'Places' story

Dunmore Point Hut

Wingmore, Gascoigne and Leopold Neighbourhood Group are a constituted group working with local people to improve their area. People wanted to see the old community hut that has been locked for 10 years back in use with opportunities for residents, ...
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April 10th 2012
A story by Eleanor Image about E.2. It is a 'Places' story

Playing in the Idea Store Bow

Eleanor and Suzannah (the Keep Playing Team) visited the Idea Store Bow for their first Keep Playing session at the library. We played snap,we tried to be quiet and met an elephant ...
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March 1st 2012
A story by The Keep Playing Team about yes in Idea Store Bow. It is a 'Places' story.

Favourite Place to Play

Victoria Park is one of many favourite places to play because there is a lot of places to play.For example, it has a skate park where you can make good conversations with lot's of differents crowds. Also there is 2 parks. The first one has 2 slides and...
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March 1st 2012
A story by Jaydan Emmanuel about Play Parks in Victoria Park. It is a 'Places' story.

Mudchute Park and Farm

On a day out at Mudchute Park and Farm Tiny Ted was worried the goats might eat him. Luckily he was rescued by the fantasic Playworkers and is now looked after by the children ...
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February 15th 2012
A story by Tiny Ted about Mudchute Park and Farm. It is a 'Places' story

Mini Play Champions in the snow

Can you recognise this place? It's a Tower Hamlets Park to give you a clue. The snow brings people of all ages out to play, creating snow sculptures, sliding down even the smallest slopes on anything available and for some taking their toys out on ...
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February 15th 2012
A story by Mini Play Champions about A park. It is a 'Places' story

A hidden place to play

Once the home of a thriving One O'clock Club, this little corner of E2 was all but forgotten except by a few gardening enthusiasts living in the immediate area. A couple of years ago a few local residents, suddenly finding ourselves with toddlers and n...
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December 7th 2011
A story by Yuki Finch about Shacklewell Street Garden. It is a 'Places' story

Junior Champions show us their free running skills

Junior Play Champions Conor and Charlie free running video -   Charlie and Connor are keen street runners. Where better to practice their skills than in their local adventure playground in Bethnal Green. In this short film Charli...
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November 8th 2011
A story by Eleanor Image about Weavers Adventure Playground. It is a 'Places' story

Halloween

I have been involved with planning playful events at Mile End Children's Park since I started working there 4 years ago. I am a Play Champion because I believe there should be more playful places for children as well as Mile End Park which is a really ...
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November 4th 2011
A story by Paul Sammut about Mile End Park. It is a 'Places' story

How low level traffic can turn a street into a play space

I was on Vyner Street one Sunday afternoon with my Dad. It's a shortish road tucked away between Viccy Park, the canal, and the south end of Mare Street. We'd gone to see some art galleries and were sitting outside a proper old east end pub, in the col...
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November 2nd 2011
A story by Kelda Lyons about Vyner Street. It is a 'Places' story

Play Champion in Mile End Park

Paul Sammut has been working with children in Tower Hamlets for years. He is a great champion for children's play and finds lots of creative things to do on small budgets. This summer Mile End Children's Park had lots of free play events for childr...
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October 20th 2011
A story by Eleanor Image about Children's Park in Mile End Park. It is a 'Places' story.

Eric Street play space

PATH were contacted about potential funding from KerryGold, a dairy collective who wanted to give £20,000 to create a play space in an urban environment. We knew East End Homes had spaces around estates where children could be playing and had work...
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October 14th 2011
A story by Eleanor Image about Eric Street. It is a 'Places' story
This story is related to East End Homes.

Play Pod

The Play Pod is a thing of mystery. Looking like a green shipping container or a green tardis it lives in Mile End park next to Solebay bridge. It appeared in April 2009 next to a busy pedestrian route through the park.  We opened the doors of...
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October 14th 2011
A story by Eleanor Image about Mile End Park. It is a 'Places' story

Ella plays out where she can

Ella lives in Tower Hamlets and loves to play, she gets out as much as possible. During the last summer holidays Ella was busy playing at Weavers Adventure Playground and Roman Road. ''I've got friends at both playgrounds'' said Ella ''and I think chil...
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October 10th 2011
A story by Eleanor Image. It is a 'Places' story

Desolate Play Spaces

Desolate Play Spaces from Play Association Tower Hamlets on Vimeo. A short but rivetting film documenting the loss of play spaces in Tower Hamlets. Concrete and tarmac stand witness to the play scars of removed play equipment. ...
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October 10th 2011
A story by . It is a 'Places' story

Glamis Adventure Playground

Glamis Adventure Playground in Shadwell has been a place that children have played since 1970's it closed during 1990's and all the self built play structures were removed. With the arrival of Children's Fund money in 2001 local people were asked what ...
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October 10th 2011
A story by Eleanor Image about Shadwell in Glamis Road. It is a 'Places' story.

Getting Fit and Keeping Weavers Adventure Playground Open

Alfie and Michael care about their local adventure playground so much that when they heard that it may have to close, due to council cuts, they decided  they would do something about it. Along with other young people and parents, Alfie a...
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October 5th 2011
A story by Keep Playing Team about Weavers Adventure Playground in Weavers Fields. It is a 'Places' story.