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Jurassic Park

Did you know that Waltham Forest has more green space than any London borough north of the Thames? And what’s more when Waltham Forest Council speaks to residents about what is important to them, again and again better leisure facilities top the list.

That’s why £2million has been spent on improving play areas over the last 18 months. Improvements to 28 parks and play areas have included the addition of a variety of outdoor play activities for children, green gyms to help keep residents active, and refurbishment works to a number of toilets.

Sidmouth Park in Leyton is just one that has been rejuvenated by the work of the Council. Exciting new and refurbished play equipment and safer surfacing was put in place earlier this year for both the under 7’s and under 12’s play areas.

Enhanced entrances into the park are complemented by new landscaping and the park now boasts table tennis tables, a picnic and recreation area and a pterodactyl.

Yes, you read that right, on 17 September Leader of Waltham Forest Council Chris Robbins revealed to the world the latest addition – a spectacular pterodactyl climbable play sculpture.

Carved from a hunk of reclaimed cedar by award-winning chainsaw artist Will Lee, the Jurassic addition is certain to get young bodies and minds active. It is the centrepiece of a new play area which includes dinosaur ‘wings’ of timber and chains, play trees and logs.

Speaking at the event, Chris said, “The pterodactyl is great – a real piece of art and the sort of thing kids will love playing on. The investments we’ve made have seen everything from pirate ships, skate parks, tennis courts and amphitheatres put into our parks

“The cultural and leisure facilities in this borough have just got better and better over the last few years and with more improvements on the way this really is a great borough to go out and enjoy yourself in.”

The Council’s ‘Creating a better place to live’ campaign is committed to improving the borough’s streets, and attracting better shops and leisure facilities. Go to the Council’s website at for further detail.


  1. Children from Dawlish Primary School with Leader of Waltham Forest Chris Robbins in the newly refurbished Sidmouth Park in Leyton.

  2. The pterodactyl carved from a hunk of reclaimed cedar by award-winning chainsaw artist Will Lee.

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