Located off the ever-hip Upper Street, Angel Central Shopping Centre (formerly known as The N1 Centre) has a vibrant and stylish collection of shops, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and music venues under its roof. Whether you want to watch the latest movies and share a family-sized popcorn snack, or dine out for two on something more extravagant, Angel Central offers you that choice.
To celebrate our Summer Lawn giveaway, we wanted to interview one of our 2017 winners – Three Corners Playground. They are a fabulous free playground in Islington for kids aged 6 -13 years old. We met up with Maureen who has been working in the playground for 12 years and Tristram who has worked there for over a year.
Here’s what they had to say about the Playground.
Maureen: We found out through Angel Central’s social media – your Facebook. The director from had also told us there was a competition to win the lawn.
Tristram: We needed the lawn because the outside of the playground was really damaged. The kids had nowhere to sit down and enjoy themselves.
Maureen: The children were overwhelmed by it. They can now go out there and play gymnastics, talent shows, they have picnics. It’s great to see them sitting there. It doesn’t look as ugly anymore. They are attracting more children now.
Maureen: We were lucky enough to get money from PC1 to redevelop the playground – that’s why it looks so amazing now! Before that it was all put together by the staff. 5 years ago we were hit by vandals setting light to the new structures. But this didn’t deter us. We closed off the half of the playground that was burnt and the children were still able to come after school and were able to enjoy themselves. Thankfully it’s all back together now.
Maureen: Because our playground equipment is really spectacular at the moment, what we would really like to have is more lawn. As you can see, we have half new lawn and half quite unsightly which leads onto the children’s stage area where they like to do performances. It would be so nice if the kids could actually sit there on the grass in front of the stage and watch the performances.
Maureen: Three Corners Adventure Playground is open for all children aged 6 – 13. We open during all school holidays. During term times we have an after school program where we hold different activities. We like to empower children to make decisions and learn through play.
We also have a young people’s committee where they get on board and take lead and ownership of their play activities with other children. This is how they learn to take this positive role.
Tristram: As the Playground is aged 6 – 13, we do get parents with younger children wanting to come. A time when they can enjoy the space is on Saturday morning from 11:30am – 4:30pm.
This gives parents the opportunity to play with their children when they are on site and engage in painting, arts and crafts, get on the nets, play on the swings. It also brings back their own childhood memories.
Three Corners Playground is a great safe place in Islington to take the kids. With a huge range of activities they can get stuck into, it’s the perfect place for them to play, learn, and develop core skills. See how the Summer Lawn changed their playground below!