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“Pirates” take over Leyton Jubilee Park

Local school children joined forces to test out the newest piece of play equipment last week, in Leyton Jubilee Park – a huge wooden pirate “ship”.

Young “pirates” from nearby Riverley Primary School and St Joseph’s Junior School swarmed over the ship on Wednesday 12 March, as Council Leader Chris Robbins officially opened the new playground.

The mini-“pirates” also had a face painter, nautical hats bearing the Jolly Roger sign and balloon “swords” from a balloon modeller to add to the fun.

The ship is big enough at 20 metres long to hold 100 “pirates” at one time, and includes slides, climbing nets, ladders and exercise bars, so children aged three years and upwards can enjoy fun, active play with their friends.

Chris Robbins said: “The new bridge, pavilion, new play equipment and outdoor gyms have all been great additions to this park – and I’m delighted that the latest one, this amazing pirate ship, has been opened in time for our young people to enjoy for the Easter holidays. I know it’s going to provide hours of fun in this wonderful park all through summer and for years ahead.

“The Council has invested £2million to turn these 34 acres into one of our borough’s premier parks, and seeing all the young people here today, it looks like they are making the most of it!”

The Council will continue to improve the park, including building a café in the park, creating outside seating, and creating a woodland footpath alongside Orient Way.

Other facilities available include junior and youth football pitches, a floodlit basketball court and a new pavilion, while there are also play areas for children of different ages, a “snake swing” and outdoor gym. Other areas to be enjoyed include one for events called the Showground and a nature area called the Plateau.

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